These tart cherries come from a couple local farmers. One family includes the ever inspiring Koberniks. New to farming in 1985, the Koberniks followed a dream of raising their kids on a farm. However 14 years of “working within the system” left them disillusioned, according to Cheryl Kobernik. After becoming inspired by a conference on organic agriculture in 1998, the seed was planted and the Koberniks made a decision to go against convention. They set off on a path which resulted in their first certified organic crop in 2003, marking Food For Thought’s first organic cherry preserve made from local cherries!
Despite the skepticism of neighbors and agriculture researchers telling them that one cannot grow cherries organically, the Koberniks forged ahead leaving a wake of first-hand knowledge and a clear option for others to follow in their wake. And while they acknowledge that organic cherry farming still holds all the challenges, struggles and required commitment, Cheryl will confidently say, whatever the future holds, “One absolute certainty is that we will not return to the conventional system.”
No less inspiring is the farm of Gene and Kathy Garthe where we buy organic cherries, pears and apples. Their farm is fourth generation and in its history once ran an on-farm restaurant for 30 years that served food grown on the farm. As Gene said, “All food was local back then.”
You can find tart cherries from both Kobernick and Garthe farms in our Cherry Cabernet, Spiced Cherry, and Cherry Raspberry Preserves.