"You've gotta try the Flathead Lake cherries!" my mother-in-law said excitedly, so excited she was just about to burst.
"On the way to Glacier National Park, take the road to go on the east side of Flathead Lake. There are tons of little cherry farms for pick-your-own cherries!" she insisted.
And so it was fate. We HAD to go try those cherries that brought so much excitement to her eyes. Not only was the east side of Flathead Lake was filled with cherry farms, it also had the best view of Flathead Lake. The water was so still and bright blue. But, for this foodie, the cherry farms stole the show. When I say farm, I really mean the backyard of somebody's house. Sure there were lots of larger plots of land dedicated to cherries, but it seemed as if every house had at least 10 cherry trees and its own cherry stand. We would have loved to pick our own cherries, but with just two nights in Glacier National Park, we didn't have the time.
Instead, we turned off on the first cherry stand we saw with easy parking. We were able to sample the cherries and they were firm and sweet, but with a bit of tartness, just the way I like them. Because it was just my husband and I, we couldn't eat a lot of cherries, so we only bought one pound. To our amazement, she said "$1". $1 a pound?!? What a deal. Too bad, I couldn't take home several pounds with me.
In honor of these beautiful cherries, here are some of my favorite cherry recipes.