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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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CC Graves says …

We need cherries because of arthritis; however, we love them too : ) Good luck to all who enter!!!

Rene Leer says …

I love organic cherries and eat them by the bowlful. They are so good as they are, but are even better dipped in chocolate.

Suzanne Hayne says …

I love eating them fresh and a cobbler would be amazing!

rebecca baker says …

I would bake a cherry pie billy boy billy boy! Then make some nice preserves charming billy :)

Kaydelle says …

Cherries. One of our favorites.

Joy Hales says …

I would eat them plain, make ice cream, and bake pies!

Ellen De Domenico says …

Among other uses e.g. a cherry tart and eating them as snacks, I would make a batch of cherry preserves for my sauce to use over lamb. SO GOOD!

Linda Jay says …

I would share with my daughters and grandchildren, make a couple of pies, freeze some for shakes and use them in ice cream. That is, if there is enough to go around! :) Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win them.

Ruth Bousquet says …

Eat them plain, freeze, cherry pie, jam and share with my sons to do their own thing...

Elizabeth Finfgeld says …

I'd make buttermilk cherry clafouti!!!

Kat says …

I would eat some fresh with my kids, and I would freeze some to make a cherry vanilla shake with.

Lynn Feldman says …

Cherry pie and cherry cobbler. Yummy!

Orville Eide says …

I'd re-live my childhood, where my dad would send me and my brothers up the bing cherry tree in the front yeard. To make sure that some od the cherries got down and into the kitchen he gave us a ratio. For every 4 cherries we picked, three went into the bucket and we got to eat the fourth. By the time we got down to the ground our mouths and chins had turned purple.

Linda Read says …

Eat a handful in the car and then go home and bake chocolate chip cookies with toffee and cherries Pork chops with cherry pan sauce Black forest cake with FRESH cherries! Cherry Clafoutis Eat the rest straight out of the bowl!

Alexander B. Weissent says …

Do you cherish cherry season? YES! What would you do with five pounds of plump juicy cherries? I'd mix them in with my other Whole Foods fruits, veggies, and nuts in my new Nutri-Bullet extractor / blender to get the most of their nutrient value, and to add a sweet flavor and fun color...

Kristin Steenbakkers says …

Cherry and Nectarine Crisp A La Mode! Freeze them and use them for green smoothies. Cherry Vanilla Bean Jam. Cherry Baked Granola with Maple Sugar. Cherry Compote for topping vanilla ice cream. Just to name a few off the top of my head!!

Yvonne Prete says …

Whatever my grandchildren and I didn't eat in the first hour, I'd make into jam.

Edie says …

Cherries: either straight by the handful or dipped in dark chocolate and chilled! Yum.

Rita Sharpe says …

Oh my, I would eat them ! I would put them in a gluten-free cobbler ! I would put them in a smoothie ! But most definitely they would all be eaten quickly. YUM !!!

susan says …

I love to eat them just as is. It would be a wonderful treat to make a cherry crunch too--yum!

Linda Clawson says …

First I would share these succulent, juicy Dark Red Beauties with my 94 1/2 year old Dad. Then I would share the rest with my Brother and his family that keep him safe in his home. We would have Pity Party of sorts...who can spit the pit the farthest....bet my Dad will win!

jocelyn graef says …

I would probably eat them all fresh before they ever made it into a pie or a smoothie or a salsa or sauce!

d bernard says …

Make whole wheat and cherry pancakes

angelica gomez says …

Share them with my family and enjoy some pit counting to see who had more

elizabeth gage says …

If I win them, please give them to Adriana, the woman whose husband just finished chemo. I celebrate 25 years in remission on June 30, so I would love to aid a fellow traveler. :)

Anita JUni says …

Okay, here's what I'd do with my win of cherries. First plan to gather friends for what we call a "pittzeratti party". Make some immediately into cherry ice cream (made with coconut milk) to share with all the pitters. Next make a batch of cherry jam - with erythritol to sweeten (a 0 glycemic index and almost no calories or sugar spike) and star anise to spice it and make it Deluxe Cherry Supreme Jam. Memorable fun time and super memorable jam to take home.

John Spartana says …

Honestly I would eat them. 5lbs of Cherries are a lot I would wash them and eat them everyday for lunch at work. If I have a some left i would make a pie out of them. My moms aunt has a recipe for a German Cherry Pie which is out of this world and been wanting to make. But nothing like a Sweet Cherry. I love to sit and eat them. Plus my Dad loves Cherries. Have a Father Son time sitting outside eating cherries on the balcony. But Love Cherries.

Kaye Spradley says …

Because Life is a Bowl of Cherries!

Marketa Greer says …

Me and my husband would have a Czech inspired bake off for our friends here in America. First, I would make 2 different versions of my grandmother's cherry crum cakes. One is with a rising dough with cherries on top and the second is just a simple sweet dough with cherries & sugar crumbs on top. With the leftover cherries I would make a Czech specialty - sweet dumplings filled with cherries and topped with sugar, melted butter & cheese curd. Wow! This would be fun!

J L Murphy says …

I would definitely eat some fresh, I love them. I would also pitt some and put them into salad, freeze some for the winter month and then dry some. I have a great recipe for a "good for you candy" that has dried cherries, chopped walnuts, cherrios and melted dark choc. They are my hustand's favorite treat.

Amanda says …

My two year old will prob finish a least a pound at first and then we'll use them in a few fruit tumbles and share them with the family! Yummm!

Naomi says …

Eat as many as I could, then freeze them like my mom used to. As kids we would then sneak them out of the freezer as snacks.

Debbie Litwin Nolan says …

I would eat them. I have been known to eat one to two poinds of cherries in a day or two. I cannot get enough of them. Pies, preserves, jam are good but nothing beats eathing them direct!

Mark Schneider says …

That's a lot of cherry pies PawPaw!

Ljubica Jovanovic says …

They look beautiful. They taste great. It is pity to cook them, just eat them straight.

jackie says …

My family eats them so fast, I never get a change to cook with them :)

jeri schatz says …

yum! nothing like sweet in season cherries.

Margie says …

I'd dry them for granola fabulosity and make cookies with dark chocolate chunks and cherries.

Sally Nista says …

I would invite some friends over to spend a cozy summer evening on the patio with the cherries, perhaps some stilton cheese(s), maybe a goat brie and just the right wine --maybe a California Zin, slightly chilled, a Malbec or a red blend with chocolate undertones.

Caroline F Murphy says …

Pies, jam, cheesecakes and of course my favorite childhood dessert le clafouti ! I will also wear some cherries over my ears, we used to do that when we were children !

Cara Thielvoldt says …

I would make cherry preserves with fresh basil and share it with all my friends and family.

Jen says …

Mmmm...gluten-free clafoutis and sorbet! I've dying to try my hand at drunken cherries too, so this would be a terrific chance to do that.

Kathy says …

Eat them!!!

Renee Nogales says …

My honey would make me a cherry cheesecake, and I'd make some smoothies!

Heather says …

Every year at our family reunion, my great aunts would make homemade cherry vanilla ice cream. It's one of my most cherished memories of my childhood. If I win, I'd make some for my family and reminisce about the reunions!

Beth Dupree says …

I would give them to my dad cause he loves them.

Joanna Pierce says …

Cherry pie, cherry limeade, cherry jam, straight up,cherry water, etc.... They are a favorite fruit around here!

ANNA B SAYS says …

Love, love cherries, I will make several cherry cakes ( recipe from Liguria, Italy) and will freeze them so we will be able to enjoy them even when cherry season is over. My husband also puts them in jars with a little vodka and leaves in for a few weeks they are delicious. ,

UB says …

I would pit and puree them, then feed them to my infant, who hasn't had cherries yet, either along or with yogurt. Part of the leftovers I'd freeze so that she can continue to enjoy them, and part I'd give to the other moms in my complex so their kids could have some too!

Jen says …

I would fight for my fair share of them as my family devoured them straight from the bag. We never have cherries in the house long enough to actually cook with them!

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