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Cherish Cherries

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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nance says …

cherries are berry addictively awesome & so berry good for you!!! bing them on!!! please!!! cherry beer is even divine!! as is cherry wine!!! three cheers for cherries!!! >^,,^<

Julie says …

I would make little cherry pies and hand them out to the workmen building homes on my street. Plus eat some fresh and freeze the rest for a Thankgiving pie.

Wanda says …

MMMMMMMM--enjoy them fresh! My husband likes cherry pie, so maybe a pie or tarts or some such thing would be baked. Freeze them? Maybe a few. How about dipped in chocolate? YUM!

Carolyn says …

I'd have my niece bake me a pie or cobbler.

Herb Webb says …

Cherries - Good for juicing

Tara Hartman says …

If I had 5 lbs of cherries, I would give some to my in-laws because its my father-in-law's favorite fruit. Then I would give some to my parents, split the rest between my husband and myself, rent a good movie and go to town! ;-)

Pepper says …

Half as is, because they are so divine, and the other half dipped in chocolate - my fiances fav.

Julie Ruk says …

I don't really do anything fancy with them, I just love to eat them raw! I don't cook very often, but I love some sweet cherries fresh from the farm.

Susan says …

Bake 'em in pies, make homemade ice cream with them and put them up In Vodka!

Meghan says …

yummm. warm cherry walnut compote made from scratch over vanilla ice and graham crackers

Kim says …

That's a lot of cherries! I'd eat some fresh and freeze some for smoothies! Thank you.

Julie Leung says …

Freeze them! Nothing beats a cherry-berry smoothie on a hot day!

Deanna Baur says …

I would dry them and make a Quinoa, Leek and Dried Cherry stuffing, or don't dry them and use them in smoothies, my Grandma's famous Cherry Delight, make a cherry pie or how about a cherry chocolate cake! The list is endless!!!

steve d. says …

I would make multiple cherry cobblers, and multiple cherry smoothies! YUM!

Amy Thomas says …

My family and I love tart cherry pies and sweet cherry jams. They pick up our spirints in the winter!

Deborah Mulligan says …

Fresh cherries drenched in whipped cream is a dream come true!!!!!!!!!!!!

C. Clayton says …

I love fresh organic cherries in homemade popsicles and cherries we've frozen in fresh lemonade like special ice cubes!

Jill says …

Love to eat cherries in the summer - yum!

Shayna says …

I *love* cherry season and turn into a cherry fiend when they're available. My favorite way to enjoy really good cherries is to eat them fresh. With five pounds, I'd share the deliciousness with friends and family.

Paul Hoover says …

What an abundance of cherries that would be - just think 5 pounds! Maybe I'll make just one huge pie and jump right in. Or maybe that would be a big enough pie for four and twenty blackbirds. Of course, the best way to enjoy them would be to bake them in several pies and cobblers to eat and share with loved ones and friends.

Betsy Martens says …

I wish I could say that fresh cherries remind me of my grandma's kitchen, but it was my Aunt Gladys who excelled in baking. People all over rural western Tennessee knew about her pies, for which she'd won many prizes. If someone had a baby, Gladys delivered a pie. If someone died, Gladys took a pie to the home of the deceased. And when I would go "down South" to visit my relatives, they would always welcome me with a pie made by Gladys. She made an exquisite silk peanut butter pie. Her apple pies were to die for. But I don't particularly associate either peanut butter or apples with Gladys. No, it's the memory of her heartbreakingly beautiful and delicious lattice-top cherry pies that comes to mind whenever I see a big ol' bunch of cherries. Cherry pie, oh my. Yes, that's what I would do with five pounds of cherries. Make pies. And I'd devote the entire lot of them to Aunt Gladys, then give them away, just as she would have done.

MNewton says …

I would share them with my family and friends, make smoothies and likely bake a cherry pie.

Sandy says …

Five pounds would be gone in a flash. It seems like I am at the store every other day to replenish the cherries. My husband and son eat them so fast that I can never use them in any recipes!

Rod Krueger says …

Share them - Eat Them yummy yum !!

Joyce Jacobs says …

Eat half - give half to my friend Lois to make a delicious cherry pie.

Chip Payette says …

I'd share them with friends

Terrie says …

I'd probably eat many of them just plain and freeze some for chocolate cherry smoothies.

Barbara Bosworth says …

I do cherish cherry season and just put them in a favorite pewter bowl for sharing and eating. Cherries remind me of my grandmother's wonderful cherry tree in her yard in New Jersey. We would climb it and pick the cherries right off the tree for immediate eating!

Elizabeth says …

I'd probably end up eating most of them (I'd share with my dad - cherries are his fave too!), but I might make sorbet too...

Janette Healey says …

freeze for smoothies and also cherry pie :)

Bernice Graham says …

There is no snack better than fresh cherries. I could eat a pound at each sitting.

Holly Oswald says …

Love fresh Cherries but hate the stain on my hands and clothes. Great taste - bad stains

Van Hoang says …

I would bake as many cherry pies as I could and share it with my neighbors! Thanks!

Shari says …

In Manhattans. Roasted, then in/on anything. In ice cream. In paletas. In oatmeal/nut cookies. Stuffed into hand pies. Plain. In smoothies. On oatmeal. In a sparkling cocktail. Bring 'em on!

Christopher Leavy says …

Cherries are my favourite - and I don't put them into pie or anything, I just eat them fresh right out of the bowl. YUMM!!

Ken Cavanagh says …

Oh, boy! Wonderful memories of cherry pies from Michigan are flooding back. We'd bake a bunch of pies and savor each morsel with friends!

Millicent Frost says …

I would freeze some for smoothies for my two kiddos and use some to make my gluten free chocolate chunk and cherries scones from srcatch! YUMMY!!

Monica says …

My children will eat them all (outside), straight out of the bowl, and I will get to hose them down after!

Stacy Andersen says …

Make a cherry crumble.

Ann Rounseville says …

We would just stuff our faces with delicious cherries!!

Linda says …

I just got an ice cream maker as a gift so I'd make fresh cherry sorbet or vanilla-cherry ice cream and mix in some interesting herbs or spices. I think it would be cool to invent a signature flavor combination to surprise my friends and family over the summer.

Tim Lawson says …

We would eat cherries until we wish we had stopped earlier. :) Then take the rest and dehydrate them for a sweet treat later.

Laura Cunningham says …

I would share them with my sister's family and my parents and we would enjoy fresh cherries for days. I might be able to get my mom to teach me how to preserve them in jam. :) But frozen cherries (pitted) sound wonderful for smoothies.

Cg says …

Well naturally one must eat a lot of 'em fresh. Next dehydrate some and freeze some so that they can be enjoyed when the season is finished. Thanks. Cg

Tara says …

If I had 5 lbs of cherries, I'm sure that my three kids would devour most of them raw, the little vampires! Maybe I could sneak in a cobbler, LOL.

Krista says …

I would make my gluten free cherry apple cinnamon muffins that people love so much they forget they are gluten free. I also would make my homemade cherry ginger granola, and a yummy cherry pie for the 4th! The rest we would just gobble up. With two constantly hungry teenage boys at home...even 5lbs. will go quickly :)

Angela says …

With five pounds of juicy ripe cherries I would make a whole slew of hand held tartlets/pies for a pie party!

Mika says …

Eat them! and whatever is left I would make some tasty jam.

renae patterson says …

I would just wash and eat and ENJOY!!

Katrina R says …

I have to say I would simply share them. We have a rather large extended family that lives close and if word got out, they would come running. I don't think I could keep it quiet long enough to make a pie.

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