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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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Marion Hecht says …

I would just eat them fresh.

Amy says …

Pop em' in my mouth and eat em'!!! And maybe give some to my husband to use in a beer!

Catherine Prendergast says …

This is one of my favorite seasons due to the vibrant fruits that are coming in and are so delectable, cherries being one of my absolute favorites!!!

Sarah Bloom says …

Eating a big bowl of raw cherries is my favorite way to enjoy them.

Roz Brandon says …

I would eat them fresh..... I also have the best cherry pie recipe made with honey, no sugar.

Kathie Wilson says …

My favorite fruit! I would eat them as-is, freeze a bunch for smoothies and ice-cream, and use them fresh for cherry-chicken and a remarkable chocolate-cherry cake.

Denise says …

I would eat them as they are, freezing whatever may be left by the time I'm through with them. Yum!

Jan rybka says …

A perfect summettime snack. and did someone say, "cherry pie?".

S. Rice says …

Love cherries!

Rose says …

There are so many delicious things to do with cherries! Knowing what type of red cherries they are would help me decide what to do with them. Some cherries are best eaten raw out of hand (my husband would eat the heck out of those!), some are not good for that. I have a friend with a Keffir lime tree. She has it for the leaves (for Thai food), but I've heard the limes are good for marmelade. So, I might make a Cherry-Lime Preserve with her Keffir limes and some of my delicious cherries!

Jessica says …

I'd keep it simple--halved, pitted, and enjoyed straight from the bowl while sitting outside under the big tree in the yard, sharing stories with my five-year old daughter. Enjoyed in this fashion, the cherries wouldn't last long.

Matthew says …

I enjoy fresh cherries. I could easily eat five pounds simply cooled and washed without much effort.

Marcy Donelson says …

I would use many as straight up snack food. I love plain cherries. Some would go in Michigan Salads (cherries, lettuce, walnuts, blue cheese, vinaigrette). The rest frozen for smoothies. Bounty!

Concetta says …

Eat as many as I could. Share with Mom.

Evelyn Hawthorne says …

I would find some lovely things to do with those cherries, the ones that I don't eat out of the bag. Probably the biggest hit would be to pit them and prepare them for a lovely cherry pie made with sweetened puff pastry. Believe me, they will be put to very good use, even though they're from Washington State (as opposed to Michigan. Everyone knows that the best cherries come from Michigan, my home state.) I'll treasure them regardless! Many thanks.

Rachel T. says …

I would eat them ... and have seed spitting contests with my husband and son

MD says …

I just like to sit down w/a bowl of cherries and eat them like candy! Rainier cherries are my favorite!!!

Ted Sarhanis says …

Love 'em as is. My favorite way to eat cherries.

Christine mun says …

Make fresh cherry pie

Lee says …

Eat them as is, bake a pie, share them with my neighbors.

Beth Atwood says …

Wash, de-stem, pit, and freeze. Frozen pitted cherries are a wonderful substitute for ice-cream. Each decadent frozen cherry is packed with flavor and tastes amazing frozen and is ready to go in bite size portions with a fraction of the calories and no fat!

Teresa says …

I would immediately eat some, as is. Nothing like fresh cherries! Then I'd make a gluten-free cherry cobbler AND pie. I'd save some out to include in homemade fruit/veggie juices, then would share the rest with my coworkers, so they can experience the joy. Many thanks.

roberta frazier says …

I would bake my 1st ever cherry pie!

Tess Gowei says …

Cherries is my favorite among all fruit. I love to bake....I will surely bake a pie or two and share it in my office for every one to enjoy. I always share good food.

Janet Fabricant says …

Donate them to JAF

Melissa Fritcher says …

I would freeze the cherries and then use them in recipes - ice cream, pork dishes, in sparkling lemonade drinks, and with coconut milk drizzled on top. Yum!

mimi lichterman says …

Eat them fresh as is of course, the best way to enjoy them in all their juicy goodness!

Jenna C. says …

First, we would eat them as is. My kids, especially my littlest, love them. If there is any left after a day or two :) I would freeze some for muffins and smoothies, and can some for pie. Love cherries!

Elaine Gibbons says …

Cherries are such a special fruit and sadly available for such a short time. There are so many ways to use cherries and each is better than the next.

Linda Ware says …

I would eat a lot, share a lot, freeze a lot and maybe make some jam.

Amanda Graeser says …

When we buy cherries, we never get to cooking with them. We eat them right away!

Andrea porter says …

I would eat about two pounds and use the remaining to make some homemade ice cream!

Chad W. says …

I would blend them into magic things with a new Vitamix blender. :)

Yvonne says …

I would make cherry cobbler and I would eat them with my quinoa pancakes.

Amber says …

Just eat them up raw! Yummy yummy!!

Mg says …

I love cherries. I work with a bunch of guys who would LOVE homemade cherry pie!

Cindy Saulog says …

Wow! With 5 lb of cherries, I would bake a pound in amazing cookie recipe I have. Pound number two would be consumed in shakes. The finally three pounds would be eaten just as they are by my family! We would enjoy them greatly!

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 :)

patricia pentz says …

I would make pies and muffins, and eat them by themselves, so delicious

Annette says …

I would definitely make some cherry pies and try my hand at drying them. After they were dried I would use them in a homemade trail mix that I would take backpacking

Linda Streger says …

I would take the time to pit them and then freeze them for smoothies, oatmeal and sautes with meat, etc all year long! I love cherries so much that I ususally go to the farms and get my pickin' fingers going but this would be a great way to get my 5 pounds!!! :-)

Robert Fabricant says …

Donate them to JAFCO for the children

Caiti says …

I am 6.5 months pregnant and I CANNOT get enough fresh fruit right now. If we're being totally honest, I'd make big plans for pies and cobblers, then I'd probably end up just eating them all before I got around to any baking!! (No, seriously.)

Leah says …

I would eat them and I would bake a cherry pie, cherry 7-up cake, cherry muffins and then I would eat the rest and share them with my friends.

Carol Graham says …

I wash them and eat them ALL! no sharing

Glenn Girtman says …

Pie time!

Linda says …

I love how they make a quick no fuss snack. Set them up in a bowl in the counter and we are all good to go!!!

Lisa Murzin says …

Mmmmmm, we love cherries!!! Obviously my children and I would have to inhale about 2 pounds on the spot, and then divide the other 3 pounds between fresh cherry preserves and yummy homade cherry ice cream!!!!! I hope we win!!!

Jeannette Schacherl says …

I would share them with my family of four, If any left, I would freeze them and make yonana frozen fruit dessert for all of us.

Flo says …

We will eat them as snacks, as our usual lunch fruit dessert, and more. Best of all, I like to pile them in a colorful bowl and admire them.

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