There aren’t too many culinary delights that exceed the joy of fresh cherries. What I didn’t realize until today was how that joy would be multiplied when the fruit made its way directly from tree to mouth. The kids, my nephew, my mom and I took a little road-trip to a local orchard for our first picking experience. Needless to say the fruit was delightful, and watching the kids made it even more fun. They scouted out the ripest cherries and sampled some from each tree to make sure they were sweet enough. They were. We got so carried away in the excitement that we came home with almost fifteen pounds of treasure. Good thing we have a birthday party coming up with lots of cherry- and (Parker-) loving friends to share them with!