Cherry Picking Fun and A Couple Door County Cherry Recipes

Cherry picking is one of my favorite times of the year. I love getting the fresh picked cherries for the kids to eat. Door County cherries are the best. Especially when you have the fun of picking them yourself.

I was a little bummed out that the sweet cherry season was coming to an end. I thought since it was colder this year and like the rest of the fruits and vegetables they would be slowed in the season. I was wrong. They started the beginning of July and the picking has come to an end. If your lucky you can still find places that sell them already picked.

The cherries that we were able to pick were the tart cherries. The tart cherries are almost to the end of their season as well. Some places are shutting down now to fill orders and others you have to use ladders to pick the cherries now.

We did have to use the ladders to pick the cherries as we came later in the season this year. That is ok as the ladders were really sturdy and safe. The kids did most of the picking and they had a blast.

We picked a pail of tart cherries. I made 2 dozen Cherry Muffins and 4 batches of Cherry  Pie Filling. I never know how easy Cherry Pie filling was to make. The only thing that took so long was pitting those cherries. Now I can’t wait to try making Apple Pie Filling for apple picking season.



Fresh picked pail of Door County Tart Cherries.


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Cherry Muffins


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup tart cherries, cut in half


  1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix rest of ingredients and add to dry mixture. Stir only until the flour mixture disappears. Put into greased muffin pans and bake in 400 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.




Cherry Pie Filling


  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup liquid, juice, or water
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract


  1. Blend cornstarch and sugar thoroughly in a saucepan. Stir in liquid and cherries. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute, mixture will turn clear. Remove and cool. May be refrigerated for several days or frozen for later use. Pie filling may also be used in cherry crisp recipe or on ice cream, waffles, or pancakes.



4 Responses to “Cherry Picking Fun and A Couple Door County Cherry Recipes”

  • 1
    Katie Jones says:

    We have a Cherry tree in our backyard and I was so relieved when the neighbors came over to help pick them. There is no way we would use all of them and I hated to see them go to waste. Plus, it was fun to see the bounty being used around the neighborhood. Thanks for the great recipe ideas.

    admin Reply:

    That was nice of you to have your neighbors help. I bet they appreciated it. I have recipes for both sweet and tart cherries. I didn’t get the sweet cherries this year though 🙁 But there is always next year.

  • 2
    Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I am featuring this recipe this week! 🙂 Congratulations! 🙂 Be sure to grab an “I’ve been featured” button from my sidebar for your blog. The post should go live around 11pm Eastern on Monday. I hope you will be able to join us again this week. 🙂
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    admin Reply:

    Hi Lisa and thank you 🙂 I will try to link up again this week. I am trying Baked Blueberry Donuts as it’s new to me. I just hope they turn out. Will grab the button a little later once I get homework done 🙂

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