It has begun! The first fruit crop of the season is ready for picking on Friday and this weekend I'll be making sugar-free freezer jam. Then comes raspberries, then cherries...oh my the cherries. There are no cherries like cherries from the valley. After that it's an overlapping of blackberries, blueberries, apricots, peaches, second crops of strawberries and raspberries, plums, grapes, pears and apples. Oh what a luscious bounty! A toast to the farmers and orchardists that bring such sweet joy to our summers!