It is no exageration to say that I look forward to cherry season all year.
Sometimes, out of season, I give in to my passion, and buy cherries that have been shipped here all the way from USA, and then feel guilty about the carbon footprint of shipping fruit from the USA.
Cherries are certainly my fabourite fruit, and I exhibit no restrain when eating them. I am like the proverbial kid in a lolly shop.
And I know that I not alone. Guests’ faces light up when cherries appear on the dining tables, and we love to deliver a little bowl of cherries to guests to snack on in their rooms, or when they are sitting out under the almond trees.
The cherry orchards in the Derwent Valley have expanded dramatically over the last few years, and with that there has been an increase in the number of varieties including earlier season, and later season varieties, which meaning that we have fresh cherries for much longer.
This has also resulted in an increase in the number of farm gates and roadside stalls offering cherries. So as a service to our guests we commissioned a graphic artist to put together a map of our valley showing our guests where they can get cherries, raspberries, wine, artisn ales etc.
I think that this is going to be a hit with our guests.