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Old 09.06.2014, 21:12
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Does anyone know where I could get sour cherry?

Our local Coop or Migros never has them, and I miss them so much. I need real, fresh and not frozen ones... and I need like large quantities, not little packages. Thanks!
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Old 09.06.2014, 21:36
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Yum, love cherries. They are so expensive in the UK. I bought a box last week which seemed like a huge bargain, only 6chf for at least 500g. They were nice, but I'd love to get some fresh farm ones! How do I find the local farm? Google isn't helping me
Just drive around and look for signs that say kirschen. We discovered our farm on one of our drives from here to Bienne, but there are several places along that route that have them on offer. We paid CHF6 for a kilo.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

yay, we collected only one kilo from our trees but it seems only one has ripe cherries the other 3 trees have orange ones -_-
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

We did open the jar - and emptied it in one sitting! The family had crêpes for breakfast. Now the kids will be wanting this every day until all the jars are empty...

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No problem... as long as you don't open the jar.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Does anyone know of a good method/tool for getting the cherries from the higher branches? Our cherry tree leans to the left so there aren't really any good sturdy branches for leaning a ladder on and it's too tall for us to reach most of the cherries from a stand-alone ladder. Always seems such a waste when we have to leave most of the cherries on the tree for the birds just because we can't reach them!
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Old 18.06.2014, 07:51
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Does anyone know of a good method/tool for getting the cherries from the higher branches?
Cut off the branches!

(actually, it's something I'm considering doing today, otherwise in the fall)

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Old 18.06.2014, 08:21
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Get a long handled grabber and shake the branches?

Got our second lot last weekend from the same farm. Just managed to get the last couple of kilos before she packed up.
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Does anyone know where I could get sour cherry?

Our local Coop or Migros never has them, and I miss them so much. I need real, fresh and not frozen ones... and I need like large quantities, not little packages. Thanks!
If you are in Zurich, check at the local farmer's markets-they are sometimes called Weichselkirschen. I have purchased them in years past at the farmer's market in Burkliplatz-2kg at a time. If you don't prepare them the day you purchase them (for baking or freezing) you will lose at least a quarter of them --they are that delicate and perishable (which probably explains why you cannot find them in retail shops).

In previous years they came into season in mid-July, and the season only lasts a couple of weeks. Does anyone know what the season looks like this year? I have yet to ask at my favorite stand at the market.
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Old 18.06.2014, 08:35
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In previous years they came into season in mid-July, and the season only lasts a couple of weeks. Does anyone know what the season looks like this year? I have yet to ask at my favorite stand at the market.
Around here, the season is now, and generally always is.

Mine are ripe.

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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

My Neighbour is the largest cherry producer in Switzerland apparently. He sells directly from his farm and also in the markets in Zurich. He told me on the weekend that so far it seems the harvest will be good. He hopes to start picking at the end of June/start of July and will continue to do so for 4-5 weeks.
If there are some high winds or hail between now and the start of the picking season, that would obviously affect the harvest.
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Does anyone know of a good method/tool for getting the cherries from the higher branches? Our cherry tree leans to the left so there aren't really any good sturdy branches for leaning a ladder on and it's too tall for us to reach most of the cherries from a stand-alone ladder. Always seems such a waste when we have to leave most of the cherries on the tree for the birds just because we can't reach them!
We picked cherries from one of our trees on the weekend. We have a tall ladder with double legs with an extension so you can reach the higher cherries. (the brand is Hailo) The higher cherries get a lot of sun and are really delicious.

We shared them with friends and family and the consensus was that they are awesome. Still one more tree where the cherries were not quite ready yet.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

We picked up a 2.5 kilo box at another of the farms we go to for cherries which weren't quite as good as the others, but still nice. Couldn't get the box into the fridge, but luckily still had the paper containers from the previous purchases so broke them down into 1k batches. Although it was supposed to be 2.5k I reckon we had nearer to 3k, all for 10 Francs.

Having finally polished those off, we bought another 2 kilos last weekend, the last of which we had for dessert tonight. So altogether 8.5k this year so far. Don't know if we'll find any for sale tomorrow or whether that's it for this year, but we've enjoyed them all. Yummy indeed!
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

It's that time of year again folks. Starting to see the kirschen signs coming out by the roadside. I feel lots of yummy coming on!
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

I believe the Cherry Festival in Zug is coming up. It is amazing. Cherry sausage, and mustard, cherry treats and cherry pit contests.

I recommend it!

http://www.zug-tourismus.ch/en/culture/cherries
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

The local papers have been full of dire predictions for this year's harvest due to a particularly heavy Kirschfruchtfliege infestation.

Are you all seeing higher prices this year?

What is the quality like in your areas?
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The local papers have been full of dire predictions for this year's harvest due to a particularly heavy Kirschfruchtfliege infestation.

Are you all seeing higher prices this year?

What is the quality like in your areas?
We got some from our local farm shop this morning. They were 6 chf per kilo so a bit more expensivep than last year and they're smaller too I think but they taste yummy.
Neighbour's tree is loaded with them, much more than last year.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

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Soon be time for another batch of my mirabelle, ginger and rosemary jam. Actually, I think we've got enough bottled and frozen ones from previous years to make quite a lot of it already.
That sounds amazing. I want to be your neighbor.
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Old 21.06.2015, 12:39
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Picked up a kilo at the weekend from one of the farms we've used before. Going to have some for desert after Sunday lunch. 4 francs for 500g so 8 francs for a kilo.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Two more kilos from another of our regular farms today, 6 francs a kilo. They look fine and same size as last year. Will have some for tea.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Hubby picked up another couple of kilos today. You'll like this - price was 4 francs a kilo for cherries without the stems on, 6.50 with stems. Needless to say he got the stemlesss ones.

All the ones we've had so far have been delicious and certainly not inferior to previous years.
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