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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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Lisa O'Connor says …

Definitely PIE! Mmmmm! And I would dry them - a wonderful snack, but super yummy in granola, trail mix, scones, muffins, cookies - throughout the whole year. Best, however, is fresh. We would eat as many as our tummies (or Mummy) would allow (knowing how too many affects the bowels, sometimes mummy has to put a limit on the deliciousness!)

Darren Page says …

I would make a cherry cobbler, cherry jam and some cherry ice cream! I love cherries.

Sherril McGann says …

Well, if they were sour cherries I would bake a pie. If they were sweet cherries, I love to eat them as is for a healthy snack.

Pamela says …

My husband isn't keen on much fruit - EXCEPT CHERRIES! I am about to try dried cherry scones, and I know I'll need to work on a pie for he 4th, and I try to get them into every food I can manage because they tickle his fancy so. Mine too! (And p.s., I dream of having a Vitamix...)

Barbara Dodson says …

I would wash them and eat them ..... one by one ...savoring their natural deliciousness. And, yes, I would share them with my husband.....I would even take the pitts out of some for my fruit loving chocolate lab, Nessie.

Martin Silverstein says …

I super chill them over ice to ensure a loud "crunch" each time I bite into one. My wife would take some and make clafouti if I don't finish them first!

Linda Goodman says …

I've talked friends with gout into eating fresh cherries for welcomed relief ... they're ALWAYS a Healthy Snack!

Geri Caswell says …

Wow, I will eat them out of the bag, but I will also use them to cook some great muffins, breads, and add them to salads. Bring the baked goods to the office for others to enjoy, I have a couple of senior folks that would enjoy them immensely.......I will share.

Ruth Diamond says …

Just leave them on the dining room table to tempt everyone passing by to sample their health giving goodness.

Andrea says …

I'd eat some fresh, dry some for trail mix, and bake some into a grain-frew cherry crisp!

ruth scully says …

Love them fresh , cherry pie is a favorite & you can't beat cherry jam preserves ! Yum!

carole wehner says …

Five pounds of cherries? No problem. Eat one pound that day, Make chocolate soy milk and cherry smooties! Make Cherries Jubilee on the grill for a cookout.Freeze some for later!

Kim Mack says …

Eat them and can them for use throughout the off season

MTNYC says …

Irony is that I'm having a dinner party Friday night and wish I had the cherries as I was planning to make a rustic free-form cherry tart for dessert. I love cherries and I think cherry pie is one of my faves. Five pounds of cherries? I'd finally get around to making Hungarian Cold Cherry Soup and they would also be super with the duck breasts or pork tenderloins in my freezer. Ok, I guess I might freeze some of them for the winter so as to remind me of sunny summer and cherry season when it's cold and grey Dec..

Linda Landsberg* says …

I love them fresh, so I'ld share them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ilene says …

Just eat them straight up, as is, with friends and family! Maybe try to make some ice cream too :)

Katherine says …

5 lbs of cherries?! I would not tell my family I had them and just eat them myself. Well, I suppose I could be encouraged to share...

Bonnie Pansy says …

I would share with family male members as several have gout. Fresh cherries are the best remedy. Nothing beats a cool bowl of cherries. Love shopping in your stores. Best produce , meat and fish!!!

Bing says …

I only eat cherries as is. We can easily eat 5 pounds in one week.

Nancy says …

I really want to try drying my own so I can enjoy them for weeks to come!

Maryann says …

If I had five pounds of cherries, I sit my husband down in front of large bowl for , breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I'd take another pound and bake two cherry claufoutis, and another pound to make cherry jam. With a jar of cherries I'd preserve them with alcohol to make a cherry kirsch. Undoubtedly, who can't resist cherry chutney or sauce? I'd like to dip some in chocolate and use the rest to make frozen cherry ice cream!

TJ Nelson says …

My husband and I would eat as many as we could. Then I would make turn offers or some other pastry with the rest.

borntoprint says …

I'll give a a quarter of them to Adriana to make her hubby a pie, sorry about your husband. Then a quarter to Danielle for their families muscle aches. The rest, my family and I would eat most of them fresh. Then I'd make some cherry lemonade with a few. Freeze some for smoothies and ice cherries in the lemonade. Thanks!

debirag says …

I like cherries

Jennifer Smietana says …

Make Homemade Maraschino Cherries for Holiday gifts.

Jon Macy says …

Cherry pie and Raspberry pie, Pumpkin pie and Peach pie. Pie is what people love, Pie is what people want. Out of all those pies, Which is the best? Cherry pie made with Washington Red Cherries!

Mindy D says …

Mmmm, cherries. I would eat some, preserve some, make some jam, and freeze some. I think all of the bases are covered.

Linda Westphal says …

I would eat a LOT of them right away! The remainder would be frozen for use in smoothies.

Glenda Kinyon says …

We love cherries! We would enjoy some and share them with our grandchildren ages 3 & 4!

Amber Stevens says …

I do cherish cherry season. I would eat them all by myself! I would also freeze some for the cold winter months ahead. Maybe I would even share some with my coworkers... Maybe.

Bonnie Nelson says …

It would make a perfect snack for our local junior tennis players after their academy workout...

Susan Bouchon says …

....yum!

Kevin Trasente says …

I would eat about 2 pounds fresh.... Another pound torwards making a "spiked" cherry milkshake and then eat the rest... I love fresh cherries!!!

Carmen Peters says …

I rinse them off and then I eat them. Plain and simple!

Jeff Pargeon says …

I would make pies

Andrea Pitones says …

I can still have cherries left for my husband and I as each child will consume a pound each!! These 4 love cherries!!! Great nutrition for athletes!

trisha says …

I'd have people over for a BBQ and have bowls of cherries for summery décor + a delicious and healthy snack! Sharing is caring! :)

Kathleen Connors says …

Cherries are my favorite fruit and that's saying a lot because I love all types of fruit!

Ann G. says …

One of my favorite fruits, they help me keep my weight down on my diet plan.

Sandra K321 says …

Our family would eat as many cherries as we could without being complete little piggies and then I would make muffins with some and freeze the rest for future culinary enjoyment.

Angie Yang says …

I and my kids love cherries. We can eat 5lbs of them in a day.

Teagan Caudle says …

Cherry rhubarb pie, Cherries Jubilee, Chocolate covered cherries, Cherry preserves... there are just so many things I can make with cherries up through the holidays!!!

Nick'sNana says …

Cherries are such a special fruit and sadly available for such a short time each year. Each way of using cherries is better than the last.

Wendy Seri says …

I would share fresh cherries with my friends and family by having a party!

Katie C says …

I always look forward to cherry season!! After the mandatory cherry pie, I'd try to improve a cherry cupcake recipe (that includes a cherry jam filling) that I tried recently from whisk-kid.com. I was rushed the first time, so I want to try it again!!

diane moore says …

I'd keep them in the fridge to keep them fresh... and savor each and every one, freshly washed!

Jan Stromsem says …

Although I love cherry pie, cherry crumble, cherry ice cream and various other cherry-based desserts, these I make and consume in the "off-season". During cherry season, there's NOTHING I like more than sitting down to a bowl of cold, deep-red, crisp and plump Washington State cherries. I can literally down a pound of them every night - and on most nights throughout the entire cherry season, I do just that. I wait all year for "cherry season" to come around and at any time throughout the season, one can find that my refrigerator contains several pounds of cherries. I share them with the family, of course, but I think I hold the record for cherry-eating in my family! Please keep them coming.

Miranda D Sieh says …

With 5 pounds of cherries I will be busy in the kitchen! First I will use 3 pounds of cherries to make a batch of delicious preserves with a little cherry brandy and orange zest. That way we can enjoy the cherries all winter long with desserts and even as a condiment with roast pork loin. Then I will highlight their great fresh flavor with simple dish of Breyer's vanilla bean ice cream topped with fresh chopped cherries and shavings of Ghiradelli dark chocolate for a quick summer dessert. The last pound of cherries would be eaten out-of-hand by family on the deck while enjoying the wonderful summer weather!

My Linh Pruitt says …

First I will make cherry flavored pops for my daughter. Then I will make cherry pancakes for my husband. For me I'm going to make cherry fruit blasts or smoothies for myself. Then I'm going to make a big fruit bowl salad and use cherries for croutons. Yummy !!!

S Patel says …

I would eat a bunch of those juicy miracles of nature right out of the bag, while sitting outside on some grass. Then lie back and stare at the open sky with unmitigated contentment. After a half-hour, I would take the rest of the 5lbs and while I was walking back to work, fill the hands of random strangers with red nuggets of yum, with a note giving them permission to enjoy the heck out of themselves for the 30 seconds it would take to gobble up red cherry deliciousness, and perhaps considering gifting a cherry to another random stranger. I would keep doing this until I got to work, and spread cherry love inside work until it was all gone. And then with the last $5 I have left (so underemployed and so broke) I would go buy some more cherries because god I love cherries. And how wonderful it would be to live like a queen for even one hour.

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