Most of my childhood summer memories involve either lakes, camp sites, or cherries. I looked forward to seeing fruit stands pop up all over whatever province we were currently dragging our trailer through. Best of all was when the fruit stand du jour was stocking "BC cherries." I'd load up with as many as my little hands could carry and then spend the next hour in a blissful trance of juice stains and seed spitting. Then the occasional fistfight once my sibling realized I snuck away with all the cherries. Again.
Well, little has changed since those days. On a happy summer day, I could easily spend hours spitting fresh BC cherry seeds into the grass. However, BC doesn't have the market cornered on delicious red fruit. Saskatchewan, and the other prairie provinces, are home to a smaller tart red cherry that can be occasionally found growing wild. The smaller "sour" cherries are harder to find, simply because of our shortened growing season and the wild unpredictability of our spring weather systems. However, if you can find a short tree packed full of vibrant red berries, you've stumbled on a gold mine.
Lucky for you, Susie decided to plant a few cherry trees in her backyard when her kids were still trying to figure out how to chew a cherry without choking on the pit. It took a few years, but now they consistently put out juicy berries for a couple weeks every August.
And, like any good baker, Susie can't wait to start stuffing them into pies, loaves, muffins, and even her new sugar-free sweet tea!
Even luckier for you, she's managed to hide most of the goodies from her kids when they come to "visit." So we declare this coming week, and maybe the week after if our cherries last, to be Prairie Cherry Week at Susies Cinns!
Come get all your favourite goodies from Susie with a prairie twist that was grown and harvested in her very own backyard!
See you soon!