Fricktal in the Swiss canton of Aargau is famous for its cherry trees. At this time of year, they light up the rolling green fields like giant bouquets, with their white blossom getting the pulses of passing walkers racing. The Schmid family owns around 200 cherry trees and for around four weeks from mid-June these bear fruit which can be enjoyed as both preserved and table cherries. Helen Schmid serves these up as part of her Tavolata's delicious deserts as well as delights with a little more kick. Her cherry mustard, for example, tastes fantastic with grilled meats.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves; before all this there is a drinks reception to enjoy.
I bite into a beef mince croissant, a real pleasure. It looks like a ham croissant, but is filled with Natura-Beef mince sourced from Schmid's own cattle reared as part of suckler herds. It's an interesting variant, which certainly impresses in terms of taste. After then also trying a piece of bacon bread there is no doubt left in my mind: Helen Schmid can cook.
What's more, it is finally warm enough to eat outside in the garden. In addition to the grilled meats included in the main course, Helen Schmid also serves up four freshly prepared home-made salads - of course using her own house sauce. The cold-pressed rapeseed oil comes from the farm, while the vinegar is sourced from the fruit farms of her friends in the village.
As I gaze over the cherry orchard, I am already looking forward to the dessert, in which the farm's delicious fruit plays a starring role. I won't give any more away - this fruity delight is something you really have to try for yourself!
Information on walks in the Jurapark: www.jurapark-aargau.ch