On a beautiful spring Saturday morning, my family took a ride to Roseland, Virginia for a farm visit Seamans’ Orchard and pick cherries. It’s a gorgeous orchard, located within short driving distance from Lynchburg and Charlottesville. We spent the morning in the sunshine and fresh air, and picked ourselves a ton of sweet, delicious cherries. Not a bad view, huh?
Living in Lynchburg, VA, we have access to a lot of beautiful countryside, and lots and lots of farmland. It’s one of the wonderful perks of being a little further away from major cities than other places. It doesn’t hurt that we’re nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, too, because those mountain views are absolutely stunning! In the spring, summer, and fall, we get to take advantage of being so close to families farms, enjoying all the blueberry, strawberry, peach, apple, and pumpkin picking spots. Yesterday we took the quick drive to Seaman’s and got to pick and eat ourselves silly with fresh, delicious cherries.
Farm Visit: Cherries Galore!
Seaman’s Orchard is a gem of a farm, and I am totally convinced that their cherries are the best cherries in the world. Sorry, Washington State. Ranier cherries got nothing on these. Homegrown and freshly picked, these cherries are totally different from store bought ones! The taste alone would be worth the effort of picking them ourselves. Do you want to know what I really cherished most? Some sweet quiet time as a family spent in the beautiful mountains, picking our cherries and enjoying the view.
Want to know what I did with all these cherries?
We ate a lot of cherries just plain, because why wouldn’t we? They’re Amazing with a capital A! Of course, I also wanted to have some fun cooking with them, so here’s what I ended up with. A Cherry Berry Crumble that’s actually good for you, and my own version of Cherry Garcia Ice Cream. Both desserts are gluten free, hurray!
Homemade Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups half and half
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 2 egg yolks save the whites for breakfast tomorrow!
- 1/2 cup pitted and chopped cherries
- 1/4 cup chopped chocolate your choice (I used dark chocolate morsels)
Stir together milk and half and half in a medium sauce pan over low heat. Gradually warm the mixture until it’s thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (I was always confused by this – I heat it until it thickens slightly and is beginning to give off steam, usually around 8 minutes). In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar vigorously for about 3 minutes, then stir in the vanilla. Pour about 1/2 cup of the warm milk into the egg mixture, continuing to mix. Once that is incorporated, slowly pour the rest of the milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking continually. Pit and half the cherries, then mash them gently with a fork and pour the excess juice into the egg/milk mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer's instructions. My Cuisinart machine churns for about 20 minutes until the ice cream is perfect. Right before the ice cream is finished, add the cherries and chocolate and continue to churn for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a separate bowl, cover tightly, and keep in the freezer until you're ready to enjoy!
Cherry Berry Crumble
- 1 cup pitted and halved cherries
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp grated or finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, mix together strawberries, cherries, blueberries, ginger, lemon juice, water, and flour. Transfer into any oven safe dish. In a separate bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, brown sugar, and butter. Spread evenly over the fruit mixture and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the fruit is beginning to bubble and the oats are toasted and golden in color. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm!
Hope you enjoyed a little wrap up of our farm visit and these recipes! Let me know what you think in the comments below!