This week’s theme for the Home Matters Linky Party #221 is cherries. Of course, I was thinking that perhaps I could find some fun ideas of what to do with cherries that didn’t include cooking . . . but no such luck. So then I began to wonder, “Why is February Called National Cherry Month?” We’ve been to Traverse City, Michigan many times over the years and so I guess cherries didn’t seem like a big deal to me because they’ve just always been part of our experience in Michigan. But we no longer live in Michigan, so I thought it might be fun to see what all the fuss is about cherries and National Cherry Month. Of course, I found some great information on the website for Traverse Bay Farms: #Cherry #Cherries #HomeMattersParty
In many parts of the country, February still brings snowy days and cold nights…
However, February also brings us one month closer to the warmer weather of spring and summer and nothing says warm weather is approaching than blossoms on the trees.
Soon, millions of cherry blossoms will begin to appear in Washington DC.
February is rich in history and folklore about the little red super fruit of cherries. So let’s learn more about why February is called National Cherry Month.
- February earned the title of National Cherry Month because is includes both President’s Day and Washington’s Birthday.The “alleged chopper of the cherry tree”, our first President is deeply rooted in folklore. When young George Washington’s father ask who chopped down a cherry tree on the family farm, the young Washington replied, “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down the cherry tree.” This event helped to link Washington and cherries forever to February.
- President’s Day is also in the second month of the year.Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln also celebrates a birthday in February.
- The National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington DC is also in February.This is an annual event where millions of cherry blossoms can be seen throughout Washington DC. Over the years, several of us from Traverse Bay Farms have traveled to Washington DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Once people learn we are from Michigan and sell tart cherry juice, they always ask us why tart cherry juice is good for arthritis.The cherry event is breathtaking during every visit.
The annual celebration started in 1912 when the people of Japan sent 3,000 cherry trees to the people of the United States to celebrate friendship between the two great nations.
And as I was out and about looking for some fun cherry “stuff,” I actually did find a few recipes that look pretty . . . . pretty! I’m sure they are pretty good to eat, as well, but today I was looking for “pretty.” Here you go! Enjoy National Cherry Month!
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