As I was driving to my next Boise real estate appointment last week I saw the first fresh cherry stand of the season alongside the road and knew that the annual "world famous" Emmett Cherry Festival was just around the corner. The cherry festival has been gracing the fertile Treasure Valley since the 1930's, always celebrated the second full week of June. In addition to sampling the succulent tree ripened cherries, the festival celebrates with lively and diverse events throughout the week.
Most of us who grew up in the Treasure Valley enjoy a favorite childhood "U-Pick" orchard story, whether it's on all fours picking strawberries or standing on a ladder, stretching their arms to grasp the perfect apple. There is something very special about experiencing fruit as nature intended, fully ripened on the stem. When fruit naturally ripens on the stem, the natural sugars are maximized thus creating a magical aroma and mind blowing taste experience that store bought fruit can't begin to touch.
So mark your calendars for the upcoming 2015 annual Emmett Cherry Festival and enjoy not only mouth watering cherries and other local fruits of many varieties, but also the many events that are scheduled throughout each day. This festival offers something for everybody and every age: parades, an old fashioned bake-off, car show, quilting and art shows, rodeo, carnival rides and of course a pie eating contest. After you gorge yourself with every kind of treat imaginable, don't forget the annual Kiwanis Fun Run/Walk!