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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 3, 2013 9:06 AM CST
Have a bumper crop of cherries. Made two pies, and will freeze some. Might try drying some again, Last time I let them dry too long, and they got like rocks.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 1:50 PM CST
Yumm for cherries. Not a great year for them here, been too much rain.
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 2:14 PM CST
They looks so delicious. Cherry jam is my all time favorite. Oh, and cherry pie! Hilarious! enjoy!!!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 3, 2013 6:44 PM CST
I tried to make cherry Jam a few years ago, but it ended up really runny, so I used it as topping for ice cream, really great with a little chocolate syrup too. Mybe I'll have to try that again this year.
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 7:10 PM CST
Oohh, that sounds yummy! Mine always crystalized so had to warm in microwave, then it got runny. But I still love it.

When I was a kid I used to spend summers up north with my grandparents (Traverse City area) picking cherries. We got $.50 a lug. Long time ago!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 5, 2013 10:34 PM CST
They've been yummy in the stores. I am so jealous you have a tree! We grew up with a cherry tree.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 6, 2013 3:52 AM CST
Actually I have three cherry trees. These two tart cherries, and I have a Stella, which is a sweet dark cherry, much like the Bing. It's cherries were ripe about two weeks before the tart cherries, and I didn't get a picture of them. I don't always get a harvest on the Stella, as it blooms early and sometimes catches a frost which greatly reduces it's productivity. I would think you could grow the sweet cherries in your zone. Not sure about the tart cherries. I don't know how long a chill period they need.
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CarolineScott
Jul 6, 2013 7:10 AM CST
I envy you those cherry trees.
I have planted two of Carmine Jewel which is a new cold hardy variety.
They are not producing fruit yet, although the one had lots of blossoms.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 6, 2013 8:27 AM CST
Have you ever tried growing the bush cherries? I understand they are really cold hardy, I think the name of one at least is called Nanking, or something close to that.
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CarolineScott
Jul 6, 2013 2:20 PM CST
Yes, these are also sold as bush cherries.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 8, 2013 8:45 AM CST
My sweet cherry (Sam) didn't do well this year, there were relatively few bees when it bloomed and the birds got what few cherries actually ripened. My pie cherry (Montmorency) on the other hand is loaded, and the birds are less fond of those do we'll have pie. So messy to pick those, the juice always ends up running down to my elbows.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 8, 2013 1:07 PM CST
A morning dove raised two babies in my North Star Cherry tree. These have left the nest, and she's now sitting on some new eggs. It's fun to watch them grow, they sure do grow fast though.

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Newyorkrita
Jul 8, 2013 1:42 PM CST
How wonderful! Thumbs up
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abhege
Jul 8, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Making me crave one of my mother's cherry pies. She makes the best!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 8, 2013 6:46 PM CST
Mom's are always the best cooks.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 9, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Just had a dish of Ice Cream with some fresh cherries, and some chocolate syrup! OMG was that ever good. Those tart cherries, coupled with the sweet ice cream and chocolate were great. Going to have to have a repeat of that later. nodding
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 9, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Tom, you scoundrel -- I never think to have dessert in the middle of the day! Giving me great ideas...with my cherries up there shining away...
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 9, 2013 1:14 PM CST
Glad I could be of help! Whistling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 9, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Oh my, and me just starting to diet! Crying
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 9, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Sorry. I have to leave for the store now to get some chocolate syrup.....
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