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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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Peter says …

they make great snackst

Gerald Heller says …

I always add the local fruits and veggies in season to whatever I am making. Just because the mix of ingrediants may sound strange does not mean they won't taste good.

Maria Orsini says …

Cherry meringue

Adam Giacobbe says …

great snacksin a bowl

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 : )

Linda Gudeman says …

As is or in a smoothie!

Shirley H. says …

Pie, for sure, then scones, then a cherry granite' (no ice cream maker, so that's the best I can do). That's if any survive me eating them out of hand.

Linda Spector says …

I have to say, we'd consume them rather quickly! We like them straight up, raw, by the fistful! Five pounds would be eaten toute suite in this household and relished at that. Hope we get chosen, we're aching to dig into fresh cherries this summer!!

Theresa F says …

perfect snack for the family just the way they are!

Deborah Todd says …

Sit on my back porch with the little neighbor kids and eat them while teaching the kids how to spit out the seeds like my Grandpa did.....making my mother crazy!!

Kristen says …

cherry pie is easy to make

Jennifer says …

I would eat them as is!

Kris says …

Cherry chutney for gifts to friends!

Tinas Czarnota says …

Eat them, what else? lol But truly, instead of the usual empty, junk food options, me and mine would enjoy this sweet treat with our favorite movie. Maybe blend some with our protein drinks. Share a few with our neighbor. Yey!

Olivia says …

5 pounds is alot of cherries but they would be eaten quickly by my family! We would eat 2 pounds right away. So delicious! After pitting the cherries we would add some to the bottom of our cups, crush them and then add ice cold lemonade. For dessert we would add cherries to our vanilla ice cream. Cherries would be added to our pancake batter for breakfast, Any leftover cherries would be eaten with the pancakes.

Dave Kulas says …

Eat them cold one by one. Also use in smoothies!

Shannon says …

Cherries remind me of summer so I would take them up to a family gathering in the country and eat them just like I did when I was a kid, and my mom did as a kid etc - the old fashion way...raw and then spit the seed in the dirt while chatting with family and running around with the kids and pets on a hot summer night.

Ann Williams says …

I would make a lot of pies, salsa and crumbles and give them away to friends and family!

christine moffett says …

Eat them as is. Yum!

Elaine St Louis says …

I would eat as many as I could, fresh out of the box, and then start with some cherry chutney. Then I'd make my favorite clafoutis limousin. Maybe twice. I'd pit and freeze the rest for later use in cherry smoothies...

VALERIE MANN says …

I adore whole foods cherries and would love to win.

Linda Madigan says …

I would make a few cherry pies and cherry cobbler; freeze the rest for sensational cherry vanilla smoothies and cherry pancakes and french toast. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth for cherries?

Cristina says …

I would definitely freeze some of them for future smoothie-ing but I think I'd have to eat the bulk of them fresh! There is nothing better than fresh cherries and the pit spitting contests that can come along with them.

lab says …

I would start by eating a pound or two, making a few pies, and then trying my baking skills at cherry almond pastries... If there are any leftover, I might try making cherry vanilla smoothies... YUM!

murray says …

Devour them!

Denise says …

We eat 2 lbs fresh... freeze the rest to enjoy later. Cherry season so short!

Cara Dailey says …

I'd have a cherry themed party for my friends and family!

Anne-Marie says …

I have a dumpling recipe---so easy!---that works well with all types of berries and fruits. I'd try cherry dumplings.

Lisa Murzin says …

Obviously my kids and I would have to inhale at least 2 pounds of them on the spot!!!! The other three pounds would be split between fresh cherry preserves and, mmmmmmmm, homemade cherry ice cream!!!! I hope I win!!!!!

irene wieder says …

I love cherries. Season to short. When they are firm, dark red and large they are the best. I snack on them all day in season. ;-) I would love to have a cherry orchard. With 5 pounds of cherries there's enough for cherry cream pie, cherry sundae and so much more.Yummie

Maria Orsini says …

Cherry frosting with cherry vanilla cake. Also make your frozen cherry pops in my handmade molds

DAvid Wharton says …

Every summer our friends who owned a cherry orchard would share several flats of Bing cherries with us. My mom would spend a whole day baking pies for them and for us. I used to help prepare the filling and would spend hours helping to weave the latticework crust on the top. If I had 5lbs of cherries, I'd recreate that experience for my kids.

Donna says …

Love me some cherries! Bake, freeze, & share at work. This would be a nice treat since normally they are not in our budget, but occasionally I will splurge.

Jeff Krasner says …

Five pounds of cherries is a lot of cherries. I'd be sharing them with family and friends!

la klotz says …

I love to use cherries to make fabulous, fruity, sugar-free infused vodka or other spirits!! it's so easy and makes for a great 'adult' cherry lemonade or cherry spritzer for barbeques or other summer gatherings. the finished product is also great in recipes that call for kirsh or other heavily-sweetened cherry-flavored liquors. I fill a jar with ripe cherries, tamp down to crush slightly, then top off with vodka -- even the cheap stuff works well! cover tightly and store out of direct sunlight for 3 to 5 days, shaking the jar once or twice each day. optional [but truly yummy] extras I've tried include fresh orange rind [no pith] or a slice of fresh ginger.

Kyla says …

I would bring them to school to share with the children at the preschool I work with. Many of these kiddos are from low-income homes and some of them often come with sugary, unhealthly snacks but given the option they always chose the fresh fruit offered!! So I would share the wealth with some special kiddos who work so hard and deserve it!

Holly White says …

I would make tons of mini cherry tarts and freeze them for parties, guests, and just to enjoy at breakfast.

Mary K says …

I really like cherries. They are loaded with good stuff. I use them in my smoothies!

Joy McConnell says …

I would pit them, lay them out on a tray and freeze, them put in freezer bags to use later for Cherry Pies, Smoothies, or just eating as they are a great source of Vitamin C and great for pain.

Melina Mellor says …

I would experiment! Recently I've been making sugar and gluten-free treats for my friends. I'd love to create a guilt-free cherry cobbler! I could take pictures of it and share it with the world :)

Amy Claggett says …

I would pit them, freeze them, and use them in smoothies. Pick me! Pick me!

Kelly Whittington says …

We love cherries!! We would not only eat them right out of the bag, but I would make cherry pies, jam, ice cream and might even try to make cherry juice. I could have a "what can we do with 5 pounds of cherries party". I could do a lot with 5 pounds of cherries. It would be so much fun to win 5 pounds of cherries.

Wendy says …

With 5 pounds of cherries, I'd get out my antique cherry pitter, passed along to me decades ago by a then old time pie baker. It clamps to the counter. You line up the cherries in a trough and start turning the handle. This gadget pokes the pit out and neatly lands the cherry in a bowl, about as fast as you can turn the handle. Then comes the pies, chocolate cherry bread, scones and more. Or we could serve them fresh and indulge with cherries and good cheeses & crackers. What a treat! I've enjoyed this trip down memory lane- haven't gotten out my cherry pitter in a long time.

Paula P. says …

My summertime diet is filled with fresh fruits and veggies including a morning fruit and spinach smoothie, lunchtime and dinner salads, and fruits to snack on during the day. Cherries are a super food, packed with antioxidants and blood pressure lowering nutrients. I would pitt some of the cherries and include them in my morning smoothies, and the rest I would snack on throughout the day, like I'm snacking on grapes right now. I love cherries. I wouldn't have enough left over to freeze!

G Sublette says …

Fresh from the bowl is best. A bowl of fresh-whipped cream on the side would add to the decadence of the moment.

Kathryn says …

I would gather with friends along the riverbank and eat them one at a time while sipping cold iced tea!

Shannon M says …

Eat half and then dry the remaining. Yummy!

Michelle says …

Oh my gosh cherries are the best! Cherry salsa, cherry cobbler, and of course cherry smoothies. If I had a vitamix, i'd make cherry ice cream!

Nikki Smith says …

I would just eat them as is...love them!

Elisa says …

They are delicious on a green salad with goat cheese!

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