They seem to be popping up everywhere. The number of cherry stands along Highway 12 could give the name "Cherry Row" to the well-traveled road. This sweet red fruit, most notable as the snacking choice of many during spring, is plentiful in the area at this time of year and can be used in many different ways.
According to Jim Culbertson, executive manager of the California Cherry Advisory Board, San Joaquin County produces roughly 45,000 tons of cherries annually, which makes up about 66 percent of cherries produced in California. He said this area produces about five different varieties, with Bing being the dominant.