|Yellow and red cherries from Larriland Farm|
Larriland will have a flow of great "pick-your-own" fruits and vegetables through October. But this weekend they had cherries.
|Larriland knows how to handle crowds|
That's how we ended up standing inside magical trees on Saturday morning. Mrs. HowChow had gotten a Larriland email saying the cherry trees would be open on Saturday. We arrived before the fields open, and there were already dozens of people parked and picking.
The fruit is really fun. Sweet cherries in deep red and dark yellow. Trees with hundreds of ripe cherries hanging in arms length. We picked like maniacs. We stopped only because our boxes seemed ridiculous, and we ended up with almost 20 pounds. I should have spent all Sunday putting them away. I'll need to plan one project -- freeze, jam, bourbon cherries -- for each night this week.
Larriland is one of my favorite places in all of Howard County. The family-run farm in Woodbine is an easy 30 minutes from most of the county. They just do everything well. Signs take you to the fields. People direct traffic, give you bags, help you know what to pick, and check you out right next to the fields. They were packed Saturday for cherries and strawberries, and everything was friendly and smooth.
|Challah rolls from The Breadery|
If you do, don't miss stopping at the big barn in the main part of Larriland. They sell all kinds of vegetables and fruits, along with some sodas, candies, and the dried fruit candy that you need to try at the register. They also sell breads from The Breadery in Oella -- including challah rolls that looked like cousins to hot dog buns that I have deemed "the best hot dog buns you'll find anywhere." I bought two bags in preparation for our next ground meat purchase from Laurel Meat Market.
For years, I have championed the barbecue and smoked fish from the Town Grille in Lisbon. That's a half-block out of your way from Larriland, and you'll have a terrific lunch there. Now, I'll add some alternatives with posts later this week. Jeff from Southern Skies Coffee Roasters turned me on to Sykesville, and I heartily recommend a short detour for lunch and shopping.