We begin the countdown to cherry season, only 5 weeks away to the mid-July Rainier and Skeena cherry crop! The <strong>organic cherries</strong> from Danny and Miranda&#8217;s <em>Just-a-Mere Organic Farm</em> in BC are quite possibly the best cherries on earth.&#160;&#160; Available in <strong>three varieties</strong> (Rainier, Skeena, Sweethearts) and <strong>only at <em>The Organic Box</em>.&#160;&#160;&#160; </strong>Yet another reason to encourage your friends to sign up for the summer!&#160;&#160;&#160; In this two-part newsletter, we explore just what makes these cherries so special. <strong>Rainier cherries</strong> are <strong>candy sweet</strong> and delicate with a <strong>yellow colour and red blush.</strong>&#160;&#160; We have 475 Rainier cherry trees on our farm.&#160;&#160; Imagine the most coveted variety of cherry organically-grown in the most beautiful setting.&#160; They are our prettiest and largest cherries (as big as toonies!) but are also the most sensitive to temperature, wind and rain.&#160; The Rainier shows bruising easily so we handle this cherry with care.&#160; When we started working the orchard, the trees were overgrown and infected with bacterial canker (a disease of the stems and leaves common to fruit trees).&#160; &#160;It has been an arduous but worthwhile task to reshape and restore them through pruning.&#160;&#160; If you have not tried an organic Rainier cherry from our farm you are missing something truly special. <strong>Skeena cherries</strong> are a <strong>dark red to almost black</strong> variety with a lovely dense, firm texture and a well-balanced <strong>sweet-sharp flavour that leads to non-stop eating</strong>.&#160;&#160;&#160; We have 936 Skeena cherry trees, ranging in age from 15 to 25 years old, some of the oldest on the farm.&#160; These cherries are susceptible to rain splitting during the ripening stage.&#160;&#160; We apply mineral sprays (on the <em>Canadian Organic Standards</em> approved substances list) during and following rainfalls to diminish the incidence of splitting (every time it rains our Farm Manager, Margaret, jumps onto the tractor).&#160;&#160; The minerals deposited on the fruit surface absorb the water and save these big dark red jewels from splitting after a rainfall. <strong>Sweetheart cherries</strong> are a <strong>bright red,</strong> <strong>heart-shaped cherry </strong>with a<strong> mild, sweet flavour</strong> and firm texture.&#160; &#160;We have 155 Sweetheart cherry trees on our farm, which have ornamental features and are the last of our three varieties to mature, likely in the second week of August.&#160;&#160; Sweethearts tend to develop large clusters of fruit so the crop load must be pruned back each year in order to prevent over-bearing and small fruit size.&#160; We removed a number of trees diseased with bacterial canker and nursed the rest of the orchard back to health. &#160;Our reward is these brilliant red heart-shaped trophies. &nbsp;