No-pesticide U-Pick cherries, 2011 -- where to go?
I know it's early yet, especially as Frog Hollow's CSA note said cherries would probably be out later this year -- but where are the places to U-Pick cherries free of pesticides?
I feel like last year I scoured pickyourown.org, chowhound and other sites but never really got a sense of how many, if any farms meet these criteria. I've heard cherries are harder to grow w/o pesticides than other fruit (is this even true?), but if Frog Hollow can do it, surely others can and are.
Frog Hollow Farm
11435 Brentwood, Bl Brentwood, CA
Since I piped in last year with a Central Valley option on the thread wolfe links, I will pipe in again this year to say that I have heard unsubstantiated rumors that a lot of the Central Valley crop was seriously decimated by our late rains and cool weather. I do know that my own cherry tree just finished its bloom stage (which was halfway wiped out by rain) about two weeks ago. So yes, it will probably be a rather late year for cherries (and probably stone fruit as well).
Riverdance Farms is planning its Pick and Gather event again this year, and u-pick through mid-June (dates last updated in January, though, so things could have changed). Their fruit is organic and pesticide free: