Monday I stopped by Andy's Orchard to see how the cherry crop's doing. Very well, thank you. Black Tartarians, the end of Brooks, Rainiers, and Bings were all in peak form. The Bings were especially good, firm and complex in flavor. A two-pound sampler box, half Rainiers and half Bings was $11.
On the same road, Mariani Orchards Roadside Cherry Stand is open. Selling only cherries, it operates for about six weeks during the season. Mitch Mariani, son of the owner and nephew of Andy, tending the store.
Bings at Mariani were big but not quite at peak of flavor, at least not the sample I had, priced at $3.50/lb. Mitch predicted that they'll be better by this weekend. Black Tartarians were also available, and they'd picked the last box of Brooks cherries.
The Brooks cherries I bought from Mariani included some bruised and scarred fruit. The mixed box from Andy's Orchard were all perfect and stayed in good shape for four days in the refrigerator till the very last one was consumed.
1615 Half Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Mariani Orchards Roadside Cherry Stand
1515 Half Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037