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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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Annie G says …

Cherry season is too short - but oh so wonderful while it is here! In our house, 5 pounds will be eaten quickly. We LOVE fruit!

Joyce Bogue says …

I would eat them! I wait for cherries to come in season every year...can't get enough of them. Love, love, love them!

Deb Ingersoll says …

Love Fresh cherries and would try some new vegan recipes - baking and smoothies.

Jamie M says …

eat 'em...

Jennifer Coen says …

I think I would try my hand at making jam. Cherry jam with a little cream cheese - could there be anything better?

Rachel Montemayor says …

I would have a cherry fest in my kindergarten class!

Bonnie Kamel says …

Some cherries would be frozen to make some delicious desserts. Some will be in a fruit bowl just for healthy snacking. Some will be used for baking. None will be wasted. These would be such a treat to have. Thank you for the opportunity.

caroj says …

I would eat as many as I could and dry the rest to preserve for later use.

jeri marks says …

My family would eat them, just the way they are, as my husband and I are on a daily regimen of cherry juice, for health reasons.

Cyndi Holmes says …

If I had lots of cherries, I would bake pies, pies and more pies! I would freeze some, make cherry pies with some and freeze for the winter and give some to others that enjoy pies for desserts! I would also make cherry smoothies every morning for breakfast, as I am exercising and trying to eat right for good health. This would provide a great boost for me to remain healthy! Five pounds of cherries for me would not go unnoticed and would be enjoyed and appreciated by myself and others! Cyndi

Joe Cialdella says …

I would bake a pie with some of them, and safe the rest to share with friends at a picnic!

Courtney Brown says …

I would take the cherries to eat as a snack when I'm tubing down the river. The more cherries, the more times I must go tubing. Did I mention I love tubing?

Kimberly Kanalas says …

Share some with the hubby for eating now, freeze the rest for my AM breakfast smoothies! YUM!!

Kay Blume says …

Are you talkin' sour cherries?

JS says …

Cherries, cherries, everywhere.

Brian D Twidt says …

My wife and I will eat them just as they are.

Brian D Twidt says …

My wife and I will eat them just as they are.

Carol says …

This is my favorite time of year all those delicious cherries whether they are sweet or sour they are yummy!

Mitzi says …

A pit-spitting contest would DEFINITELY be in order with that many cherries with which to participate!

Jill Gloger says …

I bought some cheesecake gelato from your store, and served it in a martini glass with fresh cherries that were pitted and stuffed with a mix of sweetened goat cheese and apricots....they wear fantastiico!

James Kasch says …

I'd love to win the cherries, cooked, raw, whatever. But I'd prefer Door County (Wisconsin) cherries to Washington state. I'll happily and gratefully take whatever you send me, however.

Dorothy Hecht says …

I would use the cherries at my church's Fellowship Hour Sunday. I know the members would really enjoy them and it would be a really special treat.

sandra dandy says …

I would eat them fresh. I tasted a fresh cherry for the first time at the farmers market last week. They were so delicious. I would freeze the rest to make smoothies.

Candy says …

I would make make a gluten-free cherry almond cobbler and freeze some for winter oatmeal toppers. Mmmm. Love cherries!

Marcia says …

I would make a fruit salad with some of them, a pie with some, cherry preserves with some, put some on ice cream, and freeze the rest for later. So many options. I love cherries.

JAYE MANCINI says …

I WOULD MAKE SURE THEY GO TO SAFE HAVEN SO EVERYONE CAN ENJOY THEM.

Leslie Chen says …

My family and I would eat as many cherries as possible, fresh, at the kitchen table, on picnics, at parties and in our packed lunches. Then I would make some cherry vanilla popsicles and ice cream with the rest.

Melanie says …

I would dehydrate some of the cherries. I would freeze some for smoothies, and my family and I would eat the rest of the cherries just plain old fresh!!!! YUM!!! Also, I know my husband loves to eat frozen cherries with whipped cream on top.

Julie Caron says …

First, my kids could probably polish off even 5 lbs of cherries in a few days, but we also love to make cherry chocolate smoothies with them or blend them up with some soy milk (or you could use regular) and freeze them in popsicle molds for cherry cream sicles.

Jeff Basen-Engquist says …

Homemade ice cream with from-scratch pie.

ann oehmen says …

I could easily put 5 pounds of cherries to use. I pit and freeze at least that much when they are in season to use in smoothies throughout the year. Once they are frozen they can easily be tossed into muffins or saute'd for sauces for meat or desserts.

Laurie Pomerantz says …

Cherries in the morning, Cherries in the evening, Cherries at suppertime Win five pounds of cherries, I'd love them ALL THE TIME.

Danielle says …

I would share some with my family, and after that I would simply eat them as is :)

Alice Moore says …

Love Cherries! Have even picked them, in the past. Love to make pies, especially with fresh cherries.

Dianna Blankenship says …

I love cherries...I will make a cherry pie!!

eileen mclaughlin says …

I would make delicious smoothies with 5 pounds of cherries.

Cindy Brakebill says …

I'd bring those ruby beauties into the office to SHARE. Then nobody here would speculate about my red-stained fingers :-)

Mariann Bedway says …

CHERRIES big juicy summertime ones are my favorite fruit. Thanks

Molly Stevens says …

Make 10 lbs of dried cherries so I can enjoy them all year long!

John Tipton says …

We would eats them, Precious!

rm esecson says …

would love to win

Laura A. Moseley says …

I would eat all I could and make pie and jam out of the rest

mj kliesch says …

enjoy them with my friends!

Kate says …

I would bring them in to share with my co-workers :)

Monique Baysinger says …

Freeze them in popsicle molds with lemonade! (Perhaps some mint leaves in there, too?) Yum!!

John Tipton says …

We would eats them, Precious!

Pierre says …

Eat them fresh!

Gina says …

Cherries are my all-time favorite fruit. I would make some preserves (some for me and some to give as gifts) and I would bake a pie. I've never tried them in a smoothie, but it sounds like it would be fabulous. I'll have to try that. Of course, just munching on a bowl of cherries is yummy. Cherry season is the best time of the year.

Elizabeth says …

I'd have a cherry party!

Cheri says …

I'd recreate the cherries jubilee from my wedding 27 years ago on our anniversary!

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