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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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Marilyn Vance McGaughey says …

I would make about 4 cherry clafouti pies and give 3 to friends I would also make cherry salsa to go with pork tenderloin and then freeze the rest to enjoy later. We love cherries! Hope we can win so we can spread the joy.

Douglas Gray says …

Hope I win!

Htet Htet Aung says …

Cherry jam and pies!

Walter Jordan says …

I would have to bake a cheery pie or some cherry turnovers. I would also make some smoothies and ice cream.

Kerragh says …

I am cherry obsessed these days. They go in everything from smoothies to yogurt to oatmeal. My mother bought me a cherry pitter,so I pit and rinse them as soon as I bring them home from the market, freeze half and keep the other half in the fridge for a healthy refreshing snack.

Clea Simon says …

About a pound would simply be eaten. The rest... smoothies, tossed in salads. Maybe I'd even bake!

Cheryl Keeney says …

I would eat every one of them fresh...Cherries are one of my favorite fruits, I love...love...love them! If they lasted long enough I would dry some as I read that dried cherries are awesome too.

Chris Tankersley says …

Cherry clafouti is top on the list for fresh cheeries. Next would be to make up a nice batch of cherry preserves so I can enjoy throughout the rest of the year.

Donna Nosek says …

I would share with family!

Angel Dotson says …

My partner and I would eat one lb., freeze a pound, make a cherry almond breakfast cake (or muffins) with another and cherry preserves with the rest!! Yummmmmm!!

Coleen says …

Would eat 'em, as is. I would of course share with family and colleagues, if I were to be blessed with such a wonderful quantity :-)

Caitlin says …

I would eat a bunch and try to make jam with the rest!

Stacy says …

Cherry-palooza! I can see dehydrated cherries, cherry pie, chocolate cherry ice cream & Hedy Goldsmith's homemade pop tarts with cherry jam!

Netta Baylor says …

I will eat as many as I can before my mouth starts tingling (lol). I will try to make Jam from an old family recipe (that I have never tried). I will share with my sister and then I will freeze as many as I can fit into my freezer so that I can enjoy them in the heart of winter.

Gail Blum says …

I love cherries! My grand kids love cherries. We would eat them plain or maybe in a pie. Dried cherries are great for baking with. Or maybe a nice cherry liquor! Yum!

Andree Douglas says …

I would have a cherry themed party and invite all my friends. Everyone would wear red and eat food made with cherries.

Anne Heinen says …

If I received five pounds of cherries, I'd have some friends over for a cherry eating extravaganza. I'd also make a cherry pie!

Michelle Trudeau says …

Life is a bowl of cherries--and in this case, a really big bowl! I love to make gluten-free cherry crisp, and this one would be a whopper! Thanks!

Gwen says …

JUST EAT THEM FRESH...SHARE THEM WITH MY GRANDSON WHO IS 3 AND JUST HAD HIS FIRST FRESH CHERRIES AT MY HOUSE...HE SAID "MOM MOM THESE ARE THE BEST.WHY DID I NEVER HAVE THESE BEFORE?"HE ALSO SAID "CAN YOU ALWAYS HAVE THESE WHEN I COME"I SAID YES:)HOPE TO WIN AND WE WILL HAVE A CHERRY PARTY!

Emily says …

If I had five pounds of cherries I would make batch upon batch of rich and creamy cherry ice cream, to be shared with my toddler daughter under the hot summer sun.

Catherine Campbell says …

I'd make cherry pie.

Jeanene says …

I would share this delicious beauties with my friends and community! We could have a cherry pie contest.

Pam D says …

Cherry preserves are SO delicious in winter, so I make them when cherries are in season. Like now!

Heather says …

I would probably eat a 3 pound of them myself because I love fresh cherries. Then I would use the rest to bake cherry cobblers and crumbles.

Mary howell says …

With 5 pounds of cherries I would finally learn how to make a proper cherry pie with a homemade crust. With five pounds, surely I can master it? I hope?

Dale May says …

Are the entry blanks in the store - or where? I'll be going to the store for the grapes special Friday.

Barb Rider says …

How much do we love cherries? Well, when early spring happens and there's only one bag of frozen cherries from the previous summer's picks, the debate begins: "Make a pie! No, make a cobbler.! No, make smoothies. No, you chose last time, its my turn." Though frozen isn't as wonderful as fresh, its a great way to enjoy cherries all year long. But, how is the fate of that last bag of frozen cherries decided? Mom decides, of course. :-) No one has been unhappy with that decision in 20 years yet!

Lori Grant says …

Cherry pecan pancakes with cherry syrup

Natalie says …

My husband LOVES cherries!! If I win these will be given to my husband and our son!

jill says …

Every spring/summer we would go to the Brody's house to swim, pick cherries from what seemed to be the largest cherry tree in the world and then jump in the pool again to wash off all the cherry juice. We don't have any cherry trees locally, but, would love to share the joy of eating and baking with cherries with my daughter....childhood is all about experiences and memories and CHERRIES were certainly apart of my most cherished childhood memories.

Julie King says …

I would freeze some for eating--love frozen cherries!! The rest I would can into homemade chopped cherry jam. Yum!!

Jennifer C says …

Probably eat half and make the rest into pie!

Cynthia Chin says …

Lots of mini cherry pies!!

Barbara says …

I'd set aside a bunch for eating and make cherry cobbler with the rest.

Christine says …

I'd host a cherry picnic in the park and invite all my friends - featuring all cherry recipes! Pie, salads, cherry salsa, the list goes on!

dana stacy says …

Fresh is best, but some would make it into our morning muesli :))

Patricia motley says …

I'd make and share delicious cherry recipes for salads and healthy desserts and share them at work to promote healthy living!

Nancy Sogg says …

Yum. Will make cherry jam.

Jill says …

Freeze half for almond milk, spinach and cherry smoothies and use the rest for pies, turnovers and to eat by the handful straight from the refrigerator!

Kathleen Ayres says …

Pie. and Jam. Cherry jam may be the best!

JC says …

My close friend is moving out of town and I'm throwing her a going away picnic. I'd love to serve big bowls of delicious cherries for eating as is!

Diane Herron says …

cherry pie, cherry cheesecake, cherry marzipan bars, oh my ... cherry cheese blintzes, cherry chocolate cake, cherry brownies, yes, yes ... black forest cake, cherry & goat cheese crostini, cherry clafoutis and cherry jam, my man! Can't get enough of 'em, and here in South Florida at a sale price of $3.99/lb, 5 lbs would be a gift from the cherry Gods! Hope I win!

Megan Jung says …

I am very into making my own granola and trying new flavor combinations. I'm thinking a cherry-almond granola with a little vanilla yogurt would make a fantastic breakfast! I'd bring the rest with me to work for a tasty mid-day snack- maybe make a cobbler or two!

Karen says …

Five pounds of cherries would go a long, long way. Some dried and mixed in homemade granola, cherry preserves, juiced for fresh cherry juice... the possibilities are endless!!! But I would definitely eat my fair share!

Chelsea says …

I would make a big cherry crisp and share it with the neighbors at a BBQ and make the rest into freezer jam. Yum!

Janna says …

5 lb of cherries....hhmmmmm will just eat them, that's it, so simple......

Ermellna says …

All of my family loves cherries just as they are. Hmmm good. Even our feathered friends, Charlie, Richie, and Harry, conures, love fresh delicious cherries. As an added bonus, cherry is our last name.

Glenn Arnold says …

Cherry ice cream, cherry yogurt, freeze dried on cereal, cherry cheese cake, cherries and spam! There is no end on how to prepare and enjoy cherries. My favorite time of the year.

Jayne Poplett says …

My whole family LOVES cherries, and we have been purchasing them every time we go to Whole Foods in River Forest. I think 5 pounds of cherries would disappear pretty quickly around here!

paula says …

If I won 5 pounds of cherry- I would invite all the kids in the neighborhood to my house and have a cherry spitting contest (instead of a water melon seed contest)! See who can eat and spit the farthest seed

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