When it comes to fruit, birds can detect what's ripe faster than any other creature on earth. For two seasons in a row, our cherries have been eaten by a flock of black birds before we could get to them. We were waiting for the optimum moment to pick, and of course, so were the birds. In only a few hours, every single cherry on our two trees were gone, pit and all. But that's okay, there is still plenty of fruit in the valley. On Saturday, we went picking for cherries at the cherry farm nearby. For $3 a pound, the branches of the cherry trees were drooping from the weight of the fruit. The cherries were ripe and juicy but not too sweet. They had bing and queen ann varietals. I ate about fifty cherries while picking and we are still enjoying the harvest. Next week, I am going to get some olilaberries and rasberries at Tangleweed Farms.The berries should be ripe by then.