Door County Cherries: slim pickings for 2012
Last week I checked the Wisconsin Cherry Growers Association website to gauge when my beloved Door County cherries would be ripe. It’s usually not until mid to late July, but with everything else this year, the growing seasons started a few weeks early.
Then I read this:
“The last cherry crop disaster in Door County occurred in 2008, with only 600,000 pounds of production out of a potential 12,000,000 pounds. It is too early to say how bad 2012 will be, but it is possible that production may not exceed those 2008 numbers.”
Oh, my, not what I wanted to hear. Then, yesterday WLUK had a story from Fish Creek: ”This is the worst year I’ve ever experienced here in all the years I’ve been growing cherries,” said Bob Lautenbach of Lautenbach’s Orchard in Fish Creek.
My heart sank a little more.
Of all the berries out there that my family picks, my favorite have always been those Montmorency tart cherries that are so plentiful in Door County. At least, normally they are plentiful.
I may still take the kiddos to Uecker’s Acres in Forestville when the season officially starts in a few weeks. But I imagine we’ll have our work cut out for us and the prices will be a lot higher than normal.