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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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Scott says …

Cherry shortcake W whipped cream

Jennifer D. says …

Eat as snacks and bake into tarts to share with my family!!

K Collins says …

They wouldn't last through the next day! We'd wash them & eat em straight out the colander!

Rena Heimsoth says …

I would freeze some to save, but I would make cherry crisp and cobbler! Add a scoop of ice cream and you have the perfect dessert!

Brenda Stafford says …

My three sons would eat them before I could do anything with them. However, I might manage to freeze some to eat right out of the freezer, or with vanilla frozen custard. Mmmm!

Amy Meacham says …

I would freeze them, use them in smoothies and find every recipe I could for them.

Adrienne Sloan says …

I would definitely get all over some Cherry Jam. Maybe a Cherry Chipotle Jam. Maybe a Cherry Vanilla Jam.

Andrea Workman says …

I would share with my mom and sister eating ourselves silly. Then I'd freeze a bunch of pitted ones to use as scrumptious fruity ice cubes in a punch!

B Scherer says …

I'd feed them to my hungry pre-teens for dessert!

Peter Cabaj says …

Cherries are wonderful in desserts and savory entrees:)

Jane Jones says …

Eat them raw, add them to a quinoa salad, dry some for later!

Marcia Arango says …

I absolutely love cherries!! I would eat some of them fresh, which for me is the best. I would also freeze some for smoothies, and use some to put in salads also.

Cheryl says …

I would make a fresh cherry pie, then freeze the remainder for smoothies...

Angelika Schäfer says …

Cherries remind me of my grandmother who died earlier this year. We would sit in her garden under her two cherry trees and take the pits out of the many cherries. Then my grandmother would bake the most delicious, moist yeast-based sheet cherry cake with vanilla crumbles on top. We would sit under the cherry trees enjoying our beloved grandma's cherry cake fresh out of the oven...ahhh, I can almost taste it.

Susan Danielski says …

Eve didn't give Adam an apple, I'm convinced it was cherries

Debbie Muniz says …

Would share them ! Love cherries

Kristen Potter says …

I'd bake pies for our house and my parents :)

Sheryl Caspers says …

Yay for cherries!! I would be in heaven if i won 5lbs of cherries and would be making jams, fresh salads and smoothies galore!!!

diana says …

We'd eat them for snacks, enjoy them on top of ice cream, back them in pies and add them to our waffles and pancakes!

Jay Cuzooma says …

Wild about cherries

bryan says …

Pies, smoothies, cookies, banana cherry ice cream, cocktails. I love cherries and I love getting creative in my kitchen.

Aline says …

Who wouldn't want to win so many cherries!! If I do, I am definitely sharing with friends and family! Aline :).

Charlotte says …

My favorite way to eat cherries is straight out of the bowl! I'd share these with friends and family, and maybe stash a few away as popsicles. Mmmm...cherries...

Amy Brodo says …

I would take the pits out and cut them in quarters and put them on top of vanilla ice cream and then drizzle some vanilla balsamic vinegar on top! If I am feeling extra extravagant, toast some coconut and sprinkle a little on top as well. Then for the leftover cherries, I'd bake a pie with a lattice top. Or, make duck with cherry sauce.

Astrid U says …

Cherry ice cream!

Dean ortega says …

mostly eat them. share with family and co-workers. maybe make a pie to share as well.

Anna DeMarco says …

I would make cherry jam as wedding favors for my wedding !!! That would be Cra-Maz-ing!!!! Crazy Amazing!!!

Suzanne Timmsen says …

I would make alot of cherry pies and put them in the freeze to share with friends and family. I love cherries!

Yolanda Gomez says …

I would say Cherries my middle name, but unfortunately it's not. But it is a favorite. With 5 lbs of cherries I would make an "Agua Fresca." and eat them on there own. They are so delicious!

Bonnie Miller says …

YUM! These would be a great treat to share.

Tina says …

We will each have our own pound in the family to simply eat away and then freeze the last pound for smoothies. :)

robert says …

eat them

Beth Howard says …

Eat them all and love every bite! Hmmm!

Devorah says …

Just wash em and eat em!

Trish says …

Summer cherries...yummy!!

Catherine Rae says …

I would bake a LOT of pies!

Liz Stark says …

I absolutely love cherries - such a richly flavorful, sweet fruit. I would use them in a batch of blondies, which is my favorite baked good to make.

Diane weaver says …

Cherry cobbler, cherry eating, cherry pie and the season is fleeting This is my favorite time nothing so juicy, so tasty and what you can do with pastry If you choose me as the winner there will be no waste, just let me have a little taste!

Cindy Baden says …

If I won the cherry contest, I would eat cherries morning, noon, and evening and snacktime, too -- until they were all gone, which would NOT take long. I LOVE cherries and they love me.

Ann says …

Love cherries in a smoothie!!

Carolyn Flynn says …

Cherries always remind of me of growing up in Washington State, and climbing the trees to pick the biggest and ripest Bing Cherries before the birds took a bite! I just love eating them fresh, but I also love a delicious Cherry clafoutis or crisp.

christine says …

We would eat them fresh til our mouths were stained red. We got zippo cherries off our own cherry tree (darn birds and squirrels ate every last one !). They obviously couldn't resist fresh cherries either!

Brenda says …

Eat a bunch straight away, freeze some and dry some (haven't tried drying before).

Karen Dees says …

We are a family of 6. We have 4 children all under the age of 13 and they love cherries! We love to pit them, cut them in half and then use them as toppings for yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and even use them on our favorite sandwiches. We use whole foods turkey breast, 365 mayo and add the cherries into the mayo. We then have the kids add all the veggies they like including avocado. They love the cherries with the avocado. We even use this combination to make our own summer dip and eat with chips.

Gigi Pomerantz says …

I'd SHARE THEM with all my friends!! Yumm! Cherry fest!

Don says …

They would be placed in a big bowl in the fridge and every time I opened the door a handful would disappear.

Sandra Taylor-Whittaker says …

Being an operator of Pickard Hill Child Care/Preschool, I would incorporate the cherries in our garden cooking tour, a preschool cooking curriculum that introduces new foods to the children. How wonderful cherries from Washington State would be!! And being five pounds that is offered, we would be able to try them as a simple snack also!! YUMMY!!!

donna bullen says …

Have a party with my friends - Cherry sundaes, Cherry Tea Bread, cherry jam/preserves

Kathleen M says …

Definitely would be eatin' and freezin'!

Richard Banks says …

I would curl up in front the the television in my pajamas during the news, weather and sports and munch on a bowl of cherries.

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