Friday, July 10, 2009

Simple Pleasures

I consider myself lucky to live in an area where there is a bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables from spring to fall like asparagus, strawberries, cherries, peas, apples, blueberries, peaches, grapes, tomatoes, etc. These bounties provide flavor and freshness that store-bought produce can not match.
Last weekend me and my friends went cherry picking at a nearby town. The taste of fresh, tree ripened fruit is reason enough to drive a few miles ... hard to top that! ;)


Climbing these cherry trees reminds me of when I was a little girl. We used to have guava, tamarind, star apple,and mango trees (these are tropical fruits) in our yard and us kids enjoyed going up as high as we could get on those trees. In this picture, we used a ladder to get to the top of the cherry tree.


Here we are, taking a break. Try to notice all those cherry trees behind us, there must have been a total of a hundred trees in this orchard.


The gang ...


After picking cherries, we drove to a hill where the owners live, to pay. One more reason that I appreciate where I live is the trust that the farmers extend to pickers. They are aware that all pickers have their fill first before starting to fill their bags. ;)
This is the view from the cherry owner's home. Imagine waking up with this view every morning? ... it's heaven!


Pretty soon road side stands like this one will be filled with produce. Notice that metal box at the left side in front? ... help yourself to the produce and drop your payment in that box. Nobody minds the "store" ... so trusting like in the good old days!
This pic was taken last fall.

17 comments:

Teresa said...

I have to say that you are right about picking fruit yourself. It just tastes so much better. And it is so nice to see trust like that. too bad the whole world didn't work like that. Thanks for a fun post.

Mari said...

Cherry pickin'!!!! Boy, you must've enjoyed it.

I would love to go to one if I know of a place somewhere here.

Tracy said...

That looks like such a fun day, Nance! And nothing tastes so good as pick-your-own...mmm...Funny, we both posted about cherries today. :o) Happy weekend, my friend...enjoy those summer days! ((HUGS))

docgelo said...

i've a friend in yakima, wa and she told me they also had cherry picking there last week. sounds like it's really in season there in the US. i'm not bias to cherry eating unless it's a topping on a cake or ice cream... sa atin dito sa pinas uso aratilis, i don't know if you're familiar with that but i don't eat them too.

good to know you have a great gang to enjoy your summer there. happy weekend ms. nance!

Carletta said...

Hi,
I just dropped by to say thanks for visiting my photoblog and the post about the baby turkeys.
I had to smile when your blog opened. My Hubs just bought some cherries at the grocery store today. :)
Your blog is very nice.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Nance: Thanks for the visit. what a neata rea you live and it is great that they trust people.

REDLAN said...

sarap naman manirahan dyan @nance. mas maganda sa pinas ang lugar. dito bumabaha na kapag malakas at matagal ang ulan. tsk tsk

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

hi nance,

wow, good sa place mo, all are fresh.....self-picking.....or self-harvesting na lang uy.....

kagaya rin dito sa town namin, malapit kami sa mga field, ganoon din self-picking, tapos yon bayad-payment doon lang ilagay sa box.....

minsan, kung punta kami, tapos na-guilty minsan kasi, ang dami namin pinitas, tapos yon, lagyan lang namin ng coins-cents.......

walang hiya talaga ano?....tapos na-konsinsiya ako, balik ako at lagyan ng korektong amount.....hayyyy

ganda ng pics nyo, yon view sa whole-group pics nyo....


ay oo nga, natuwa talaga kami ki kim, naku batang ito....heheheh

tapos yon gawa nya, oo jelly-gelatine?...yon form ay penis....hahahah
tapos yon sauce----pudding.........hay bata na ito............biro lang daw sa kuya nya.............lol

sigi, have a nice sunday...........thnks for the greetings sa anak ko at visiting us.

regards

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, We're home after a wonderful weekend in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. I'll post in the morning.

Bet those cherries are TREMENDOUS, Nance... We go apple picking sometimes--and those apples are the BEST.

Hope you had a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

ev said...

wow!cherries!tsarraappp nyan!:)

mahal yan dito sa davao nance.:(

Monica said...

Hello Nance! wow what an awesome place! Glad you had a great day! ;)

eha said...

You are indeed a lucky lady. I wonder if I could experience that kind of 'luxury' ....

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

hi nance,

thanks for the nice comments....

ay oo nga, ipakilala kita sa new friend ko.....hahahahahah
si Elwood ba.......lol
kaya lang walang sagot, ang tigas na kasi nya....lol

sigi, thank you for the visit,

regards to all.

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Just beautiful post!

xoxo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You won a prize on my blog! Congratulations! laurie

Sardonyx said...

I never tried cherry picking yet and looks so much fun but I don't eat much of cherry that's why we can't go picking hehehe. I still miss tropical fruits though hehehe

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

wow you are so lucky nance! puro fresh fruits and vegetables dyan ha. i would love to experience climbing a tree too hehehe.