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Cherry FestPitters and seed spitters, rejoice! It’s cherry season. These ruby jewels are at their peak of deliciousness, and Whole Foods Market® is celebrating with our 4th annual Cherry Fest. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered! Congratulations to our randomly chosen winners: Robin, Brooke, Megan, Erica and Jill!

We’re giving away five pounds of hand-picked cherries each to five randomly selected winners who share what they would do with that many cherries. Here’s some delicious inspiration:

  1. Bake em’. There is nothing like a pie with peak-of-the-season cherries. Nothing. Well…cherry scones, cake or bread is a close second.
  2. Freeze em’. Smoothies, ice pops, ice cream, oh my!
  3. Preserve em’. Two words: Homemade. Jam.
  4. Dry em’. Then try them in granola and grain salads.

Although no one would blame you if you simply enjoyed heaping bowls of chilled cherries with friends and family. Sometimes simple is best.

Do you cherish cherry season? What would you do with five pounds of plump juicy cherries?

Tell us in the comments below by Wednesday, July 10 and you could win! 

The fine print: These are red Washington cherries and will be shipped directly to you from our farmer partners. Depending on availability and quality, they may be organic or conventional. No purchase necessary. Promotion ends July 10, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

 

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Renee says …

smoothies smoothies smoothies! And a pie or two...and some cherry salsa...so many options!

Kim K says …

Make my moms famous Cherry Crunch....ummmm

MK says …

I'd serve some as a big bowl of cold cherries then freeze the rest for Pink Power Smoothies :)

Katie T says …

My sister and I love cherries! We picked up some this morning at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Cat K. says …

One of my friends has an amazing recipe for five spice pickled cherries--they are unbelievable! And a pie would be great too. :)

Precious says …

Cherry cobbler for me! I hope.

Michelle Zerzanek says …

I LOVE cherries. They are so good for you and when they're in season, nothing beats them. I would use them for my daily post-workout smoothie. :) Yum.

Romy says …

I would make some amazing smoothies, raw ice cream and raw cacao tarts

Maggie Drabing says …

With five pounds of plump, juicy cherries, I could make an all-natural cherry limeade for me & my fiance. As many of you know, it is VERY HOT in Texas! So we love our cool drinks here!

Brianne says …

I would eat them plain and juice the rest!

Kim K says …

Make my moms cherry crunch!

sabrina saada says …

I like pureeing them, then making frozen [adult] drinks or popsicles. Oh how I love summer!

Joey says …

Sounds like a cherry fast to me! I've heard you can fast off of any fruit or vegetable so this would be the perfect way to try.

amy williams says …

I would eat the cherries in one sitting! I CHERISH CHERRIES!

Tammy Bending says …

Whole foods you are the cherry!

Mary Capps says …

We're on a real smoothie kick, so no doubt there would be some cherry-laden frosty deliciousness, but I also want to make a cherry glaze for a pork tenderloin!

Amanda says …

I'd eat them straight out of the bag! Cherries are the best!

Karen Doskocil says …

I would blog about them and how many things you can make and bake with five lbs of cherries!

Kelley Dawson says …

I would probably end up sharing most of them with family and friends, but I would definitely freeze some for my morning smoothies!

Morgan says …

I would eat them plain... or dipped in chocolate!

Ken Miller says …

Sit on my back porch and start popping those things into my mouth. Then I would move out to the fire pit when it got dark and start to pop some more. I would then take a break for a few hours sleep and then get up and make some cherry pancakes for my family. There is a simple solution if there are any left over, just repeat!

Sara O'Connor says …

I would bake them into pie, cobbler, cakes, and more for the 4th of July!

Laurissa Gulich says …

I'd love to make some cherry ice cream!

Ashley says …

My family LOVES cherries! We go through them way too quickly before I'm even able to make any jam or cobbler. 5 pounds would be awesome!

Ashley says …

My family LOVES cherries! We go through them way too quickly before I'm even able to make any jam or cobbler. 5 pounds would be awesome!

Vanessa Lee says …

I would eat them all in one sitting! I love cherries! I might share a few with my boyfriend.

Alicia Sego says …

I would bring them to my dorm at the University of Texas at Austin and share with my entire floor! As a frugal college student cherries are hard to come by since they are so expensive... we would all truly appreciate such an awesome prize!

Anna says …

I would do a lot! - I would eat a bunch of them fresh (and introduce my 16-month old to them for the first time!) - Definitely make a cherry pie. Homemade cherry pie is like nothing else (topped with vanilla bean ice cream for sure)! - Pit the rest and make canned items like cherry pie filling, cherry-rhubarb jam, and pure cherry preserves. - My husband and I might have a cherry pit spitting contest...in honor of Cherry Fest :) Thanks for the opportunity!

ross simmons says …

Mmmmm cherry pie.................

Kim Lloyd says …

I love cherries! I would make cherry preserves and vegan cherry Garcia ice cream!!!!

mdycheung says …

I would definitely try making jam for the first time with these cherries!

Angie R says …

I would probably eat them til I was sick...then I would eat some more! I'd make a cherry pie for sure! YUM! Cherries are my absolute favorite!

Bonnie Schueler says …

Yum! I'm thinking beverages, baking and new recipes to try!! #cherrygoodness

Catherine says …

Our family's favorite summer treat - Chocolate Cherry Trifle.

Merci Bachman says …

Cherries are my favorite and shopping @WFM :)

Carly Zinck says …

If I had five pounds of hand picked cherries I would throw a huge summer BBQ with cherry desserts, cherry smoothies, cherries in salads etc. mmm delicious!

Tammy L Swanton Hopkins says …

Cherries yum yum :)

Tamara says …

If you are what you eat... This could be the year I turn into a cherry! So how would I eat 5 lbs? By the handful! And perhaps some cobbler, ooooh and on vanilla ice cream, and in savory dishes like pork chops. OK, now I'm hungry.

m j pittman says …

I have a Leifheit pitter from the time I made a liqueur with tart red cherries. Since these cherries will not be as tart, I can pit these and make a cherry slush for pureeing and freezing into popsicles or eating as is. But my favorite way to eat cherries is from a big, chilled bowl, one after another without paying attention to anything but to the texture and how sweet and refreshing they are -- while spitting out the pits into another container. If I eat enough of them, I can actually sleep all night since they're a good source of serotonin.

Valerie Carver says …

I have four awesome kids and its be cool to take them all on a picnic in the park and chow down on cherries until their little fingers and lips are all red and sticky

Meg Wilcox says …

I would hide them in my closet so I didn't have to share them with my husband and kids! YUMMY!!! Cherries are my favorite food ever!

Ann says …

Luv cherries :)

Amy DaRosa says …

I love cherries and have since I was a kid growing up in Redmond, WA. I now live in SE Massachusetts and miss eating them like I did in WA. If I were to win, I would start by eating them by handfuls right out of the package. I would then bake cherry banana bread and chocolate cherry cupcakes, saute cherries, onions and apples for pork loin cutlets, and then mix up some cherry sangria to enjoy for the rest of the summer. CHERRIESSSSSS - yum.

Tracy Romero says …

I live love love cherries! Baking, jelly u name it!!

Shelby says …

Homemade sorbet and enjoy some fresh!

Laurie oishei says …

I lived when my grandma would pick cherries right off the tree in her yard to make pie. That's what I would make and think of her.

Allison says …

Top Chef: Very Cherry I'll give four friends a pound of cherries each, then we each make a dish and see who's head of the pits. Then we eat, which really is the only part that matters.

MyMansBelly says …

Most would be eaten fresh out of the bag. Of the few that remain, some Maraschino cherries would be made to enhance a Manhattan or Old Fashioned (or 2).

Anna Allen says …

After popping a pound in my mouth I would love to try a couple recipes including: bittersweet choc. Cherry sorbet, sparkling cherry limeade, cherry kale and cashew salad, cherry BBQ sauce and cherry cheesecake pancakes.

Taryn says …

I would eat the cherries straight from a bowl!

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