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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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Gina Luiz says …

I would use the cherries to make mini cherry pies for my friends and family. I would serve them warm with vanilla bean ice cream. A perfect & delicious summer treat!

Cynthia says …

I'd eat them straight out of the bag, make a cherry tart or two, then freeze the rest.

Tina I says …

Nothing better to share with friends after an evening meal; fresh cherries on the deck!

Tlife says …

YUM, eat some, and pie, I LOVE cherry Pie

Heidi says …

I will sit on the porch with my kids and pit them to make a pie and a memory of summertime.

Gina says …

Oh what fun it would be to win 5 lbs of cherries! (so very good for you)! First, I'd eat a pound of cherries right from the bowl over a few days, make a cherry pie (of course), add to green salads & wild rice salads, make delicious cherry smoothies, and last but not least, healthy cherry ice pops!

barbara attaway says …

I would wash, put in a bowl and snack all day

Louise K. says …

If I won 5 pounds of cherries I would be so stunned and delighted I would have to share them. I would bake a large cherry cobbler and invite the neighbors in to help enjoy the treat. I would freeze some of the remaining cherries, and eat some raw.

erins says …

I will eat them like chocolate. they are the only thing anywhere nearly as good!

Clay Woomer says …

During cherry season, we always intend to bake with them, but wind up eating them all as soon as we get them home. :-P

Lori says …

3 pounds to my parents, 2 pounds to me for making pie!

Kelli Thompson says …

Would love to make a cherry pie!

Christy Rezo says …

Lately I have been obsessed with trying different fruits and cottage cheese blended together to make a smooth yogurt style breakfast. I haven't tried it with cherries yet though....

Janet says …

I love to just eat fresh cherries straight from the bowl! Yum!!

Jen B says …

Eat them on the porch and laugh at my purple fingers.

Laura says …

I would use them with my new blender to make vegan smoothies and sorbets. I would freeze about two pounds to get m through the winter season. With the remainder, I would make mini cherry pies for all of my health-conscious, fruit loving colleagues at work. Cherries on their own make the perfect dessert as well!

Pamela Goodrich says …

I would freeze them so all winter I could have cherry cobbler, cherry crisp, cherry pie. I love cherries!

jody says …

I would sit down with the family and polish them all off :-D

Kirsten Henrickson says …

I would make cherry chutney and I would dry some for winter.

Carol says …

Would eat some fresh as well as have a cherry cobbler with some cherry ice cream! What a summer time treat!

CiCi Ochoa says …

With five pounds of cherries I would carry all the cherries to the office and share a very, very large bowl of them with friends and colleagues.

SPal says …

I only buy them in season...and the season is so short. With 5 lbs I could freeze them and enjoy later on!! Smoothies, baking, beautiful cherry saute with chicken...the possibilities are endless!

Marilyn says …

We have enough people around the place that we would probably just eat 'em. We all love cherries!

C.D. in N.Y. says …

Pit and put into an oat bran muffin mix! The muffins are a delicious and healthy breakfast / snack.

Diane says …

I would divide them into containers to put in the fridge and freezer. Then I would feast on them fresh and frozen. I would use some for baking and also make some frozen treats with my YoNannas machine. Yum!

Tanya says …

I love cherries, I actually have a large cherry stain birth mark on the back of my neck. Baking is my passion, I like to bake cherry cobblers for my family. Cherry pineapple cheese tarts are another favorite of my family.

Ina Mitchell says …

I live in a low-income seniors building. I would keep some and share the rest in our community room. Many get food at food banks, so fresh cherries would be a special treat.

dyana says …

A batch of cherry jam, a few pints of brandy-soaked cherries, and one amazing pie.

Mark says …

I'd eat half and make the rest into pies. Yum!

Karla Schneider says …

If i won 5 lbs. of cherries, I would bake cherry muffins, scones and cake. Then I would a great cherry sauce for poultry or pork. If I had some left, we would have cherries for snacks. Cherries are so goood!

Marius Dulcamaro says …

Cherry Pie!

Eileen Reilly says …

Every Tuesday morning, I volunteer at our local Veterans home. We provide coffee, fruit, sweet rolls, egg muffins and other donated baked goods to the vets for free. Most of the fellas( and a couple ladies) are WWII vets, and very greatful for our companionship. There are 4 of us that staff it and the residents look forward to wheeling down to our coffee shop for treats. When I grow cucumbers, I bring them in and cut em up, fresh fruit and veges are treasured! Soooo, 5 pounds of cherries would be a big hit.

Thomas Fronczak says …

I love making ice cream in the vitamix. 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup cherries, 1/8 cup walnuts, 3 dates, splash of almond milk!!! DELICIOUS. Bump up the nutritional density by tossing in a handful of fresh baby spinach!!! YUM!!! Needless to say these would go to very good use :-)

peggy says …

We like them frozen for smoothies and eating them just the way they are in their natural yumminess! :)

joanne mckearney says …

I will just eat them out of hand and any left over ones I will

HeidiP says …

Share with my friends of course!

Rebecca Fuller says …

I used cherries to heal after surgery.

P. Michele says …

Enjoy this juicy bounty of summer. And share with friends.

Leslie says …

I make dark chocolate covered cherries or I put them in my smoothies with kale!

Jennifer says …

Chill them, wash them, and invite friends over to eat them all up (and have a pit-spitting contest)!

Louis A. Galdo says …

Make a rich and flaky Italian Cherry Pie….

Westwoman says …

Using them fresh is the only way to go. Goat cheese bruchetta is delicious. Sprinkle cherries with an orange liquor before you put them on the goat cheese spread bread. Fresh cherry tart is quick, easy and refreshing. Of course, I'd share the wealth making extra for my neighbors.

Phyllis says …

I would put them in red wine and serve slightly chilled.

Emily says …

Cherry fesitval! We have lots of summer birthdays in our family and would celebrate both birthdays and cherries! Fresh cherries out of the bag, cherries in smoothies, cherries in pies and cobblers, cherry muffins and scones, cherries in salads, make some dried cherries with our dehydrator, and of course top our birthday ice cream sundaes with cherries, cherries, and more cherries!!!

Laura says …

Love me some cherries!

Sandra Iungerich says …

I would just eat them, one by one, all day long. Love cherries!!!

Denise Newton says …

I absolutely LOVE good cherries. I would simply eat them! Freeze them and blend them in my smoothies as well!

Dee says …

I would serve them to my friends (and myself) at the picnic I am hosting in the near future.

Ambre S says …

If I had 5lbs of cherries I'd make lots of smoothies, pies, etc. YUM!!!

Pat says …

Smoothies!!! Pies!!!Crisps!!! Oh my!!

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