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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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Michael says …

Get in the Spirit, Cherries everywhere. Whole Foods will have the freshest best quality without a doubt.

Amy C says …

Eat them, freeze them and make smoothies with them.

Kristin says …

I would simply eat them, unadorned.

Jeff King says …

I have a great recipe for grain free, gluten free granola balls. I put dried cherries and dried blueberries in them and they are delicious.

Vicki Boyd says …

I love the Cherries season. I would simply do what I am currently doing now..eat them right out of the bag for breakfast, midday snack, lunch and evening snack. I truly enjoy them and I hate when the season ends! Pick me, Pick me because I will certainly continue to Pick Cherries!!!!!!

Sandra Levitt says …

I would simply eat them right out of the bowl. They are rich in antioxidents and I just finished 52 weeks of Interferon Treatment, so I just want to indulge in the real taste of Summer Cherries.

Katie says …

I'd use half in a chili cherry BBQ sauce for some grillin' and the other half I would make a vanilla cherry jam

marcie says …

Cherry muffins

mj60 says …

I would share these cherries with my Mom and I would make some jams and jellies and pastries with the rest.

Mary Kinney says …

I would freeze half of them and eat the rest of them. I would also also give some to my childcare children.

karen farmer says …

i would pit and freeze 3lbs and then eat the other 2 fresh! I always thought I hated cherries, I only had ever eaten those hideous marachino cherries...then i tried my first Ranier cherry ~ i swear, every July - August, I probably eat close to 10 pounds!

Carole Farley says …

Cherry pie is my middle name, so pie it is! And chocolate covered cherries, cherry scones, and maybe a batch of chocolate chip-cherry cookies. Yum!

Denise Taggart says …

While travelling on the train through Europe as a college student, I bought fresh cherries by the kilo wrapped up in paper shaped into a cone. Along with cheese, cold cuts, freshly baked bread, cucumbers, and carrots, that was my standard travel fare. Big batches of fresh cherries always bring back this happy memory of exploring exciting foreign places. I never get a chance to do anything with fresh cherries besides eating them just the way they are, because I end up eating them immediately and losing myself in being back on the trains in Europe.

Ruth Koloms Gross says …

What a decision...hmmm...sit in the yard and spit the pits (a great summer past-time) or share with my bed-ridden mom...this is a tough one! I know, 5 lbs is a lot--2 lbs for me and 3 lbs for my mom and her caregivers.

A.M. GILSTRAP says …

I will eat them. Yum!

Ivan says …

I will eat one pound while it is still fresh, freeze two pounds, dry one pound, and give one pound to my friend.

Amy Leach says …

I'd bake pies and make some cherry preserves. YUM!

Glenn Tiedt says …

I would eat them! Some of the cherries I've seen in your store originated about 35 miles from where I graduated from high school.

Linda H says …

I would share with my grandchildren and let them use their new cherry pitter. My daughter needs a break!

Donna says …

Bake them (clafouti), freeze them (smoothies and snacks), pit and eat them! Share some, of course!

Maria Shelley says …

I would make cherry cobler, put them in my salads, and eat them plain.

Diane Garrigus Chatterton says …

Hope I win!!

Kelly Eddy says …

Three words: Cherry Almond Jam

Christina Froehlich says …

I'd make a whole lot of smoothies.

sandy hay says …

My granddaughters and I would eat them all one by one. Washington cherries are the best.!!!!

Robin says …

My kids cherish cherries all season! They eat and eat and eat them fresh from the fridge!

Rozy Arno says …

Eat some fresh, and freeze the rest to make cherry charoset (which is like a chutney of sorts) for passover dinner.

taryn says …

Cherry Chocolate avocado smoothies and Popsicle-- creamy delicious and oh so very satisfying!

lawrence pear says …

i would keep a pound for myself and give away a pound each to other people.

Robyn H says …

Feed them all fresh to my neighbors at my block party!

Kate Zapadka says …

Five pounds of cherries! Oh, I would relax on my warm, sunny deck, and grasp them by their skinny black stems, and one by one- I would treasure their sweetness in my mouth. Oh, and with the ones that were left over, I would create a new, sensational pie- cherries and almonds, with a meringue topping. Yum!!!

Tarra says …

cherry almond clafoutis!!

Lu says …

Love cherries just as they are. I would love to win and share a few

Jamie bozied says …

I'm 29 weeks pregnant and cherries are my biggest craving. I like to simply wash and eat them right out of a bowl. If I had 5 lbs I would share some with my family too : )

Catherine payne says …

Try making some cherry preserves and cherry scones.

lyn53 says …

We love cherries, my family would go through 5 lbs in a week. Smoothies, pies, fresh out of the bag, a good dark chocolate and merlot - and I would definitely have to freeze some to save them for later :)

Diann G says …

Love love cherries! I would eat them to my hearts content, share a few with friends and freeze the rest to make cherry pie!

stephen says …

Heavy on the cherry fruit salad

Pam Parson says …

I would feel rich with five pounds of cherries ! First, I would eat as many as humanly possible, then I would make cherry-vanilla ice cream, my very favorite. If there were any left, a cherry pie would be in order. YUM!!

Aliza says …

I absolutely love cherries! I'd eat a bunch of them raw and then freeze the rest to eat throughout the year.

sue says …

I love cherries

Christy Giambastiani says …

I would freeze them and turn them into ice cream in the vitamix I am about to win!

Robin Field says …

Just eat 'em and share 'em with my friends! :)

Marc McClellan says …

Make several jars of cherry preserves as gifts. I'll save some for myself!

Debora Gilson says …

It is wonderful to eat fresh cherries in the summer. My grandmother had a sour cherry tree that I would climb when i was a child to pick and eat the cherries. If I had 5 Ibs, I would share some with my family to eat fresh, but I would also preserve many in a rich liquor to serve in the cold months on ice cream and cheesecake. I would use an old Hungarian recipe passed down from generations.

Terresa Dipuma says …

I don't think that they would last long between the six of us, but I just got an awesome cherry marmalade recipe that I would love to try!

Bob Jordan says …

Since it is only my wife and I and it is 5 pounds we might have to freeze 1 pound as it will take us a couple of hours to eat 4 - needless to say we like cherries. What cherryful promotion.

Richard Skeie says …

Bake 'em. Rhubarb cherry pie.

Kathy says …

Fresh cherry pitting contest! Nothing better in the summer.

Mary Weed says …

We would just eat 5 pounds of cherries:) They are my husband's favorite fruit!

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