It’s blossom time on the Old Mission Peninsula, and as always, things are happening fast. Sweet cherries started to pop out a few days ago, and within the next day or two, they’ll likely be done. I shot the above photo this morning.
However, tart cherries should be in full blossom by this weekend, just in time for Blossom Day on Saturday (hosted by the Wineries of OMP – more info on Chateau Chantal’s website) and the Blessing of the Blossoms on Sunday (which you should definitely check out because it’s a beautiful 108-year-old tradition).
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So we’ll go with this approximate schedule for now (as we all know, weather can be very unpredictable):
- Now through Thursday, May 17 – Sweet Cherry Blossoms
- May 17 – May 20: Tart Cherry Blossoms
- May 24 – May 27: Apple Blossoms (which I especially love because of their sweet aroma and pink hue)
I talked with my niece, Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer, who helps my brothers run the farm, this morning, and she confirmed those dates and also cautioned blossom-viewers to steer clear of the bee hives, which are placed throughout the orchards, full of bees who are super busy with their pollination duties.
Also, while it might be tempting to hack off a branch of beautiful blossoms and take it home, remember that those blossoms turn into cherries and apples, which are the farmers’ livelihood, so keep those clippers home! Of course, you’re welcome to take all the pictures you like.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb