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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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antonio says …

Thanks in advance!

Joy Rogers says …

I love cherry season and I just eat em whole!

Paul Weinberger says …

I would share them with my running and yoga friends after a workout

Esther Celnik says …

WOW! Five pounds of luscious Washington cherries! What to do.. . . What to do! I would keep half to enjoy with my family - just eat them fresh and chilled! The other half I would give away to folks less fortunate than me. Thank you! Esther

Kay S. says …

Eat some, bake a fresh cherry pie, freeze the rest for a fresh baked pie in winter. YUM!

Cheryl says …

I still remember eating my first cherry as a little girl, visiting my Grandmother in Washington State. My relatives were canning and baking and that cherry had an unbelievable rich, full flavor. I was smitten! I would eat one pound or two, then use some pitted for sorbet or a lovely ice cream topping, and brandy a few for Manhattans!

Donna F. Walker says …

The five pounds of hand-picked cherries would be loved as a group and individually. Each one would be picked up, observed from all angles, sniffed, tasted, and eaten with gusto. I so love fresh cherries, as does the rest of my family. We will honor that they mark the beginning of stone fruit season and cherish the new crop as we would a beloved gift. Please pick us to win the cherries and our lives can be complete.....Thank you.

Donna F. Walker says …

The five pounds of hand-picked cherries would be loved as a group and individually. Each one would be picked up, observed from all angles, sniffed, tasted, and eaten with gusto. I so love fresh cherries, as does the rest of my family. We will honor that they mark the beginning of stone fruit season and cherish the new crop as we would a beloved gift. Please pick us to win the cherries and our lives can be complete.....Thank you.

Debby Auble says …

Teach some kids how to make cherry sorbet and cherry lemonade ( I teach low income kids how to cook and prepare healthy foods)

shirley says …

I would put them in my favorite smoothie recipe which only needs soy milk and frozen fruit - the best!

Debra says …

My family and I would eat the cherries as is and I would also freeze some to have on hand for a smoothie. Love, Love cherries.

David Birney says …

Well I would eat them. Some of them just like they are, and then I would make a Gluten Free Cherry Cobbler. Probably also mix some in protein shakes.

Rachna says …

Eat them fresh :)

Leah says …

Share!

Sarah says …

Eat them just as they are!!!

Heather says …

Eating them fresh right out of my hand.

Jenn says …

With 5 cherry-loving kids, we'd eat them all in a blink!!

Pamela Chotiswatdi says …

EAT THEM RAW and spit out the seed. During Cherry Season, I eat them by the bag full. Sometimes, I go cherry picking in the high desert, CA. I usually end up with a few cancre sores from eating so many, but the season is so short and it is worth every bite!

Helen says …

This is the kind of prize I like. Yum!

Carolyn Molyneux says …

I would first eat a bowlful, plain and unadorned -- maybe with a little dark chocolate and some Riesling. Not being greedy, I would share this bounty with a good friend who also adores cherries. Then I would bake a cherry pie and serve it with whipped cream. If any were left, I would make some jam and freeze whatever was left over for a pie on another day. I would be happy, happy, happy.

Leslie Stevens says …

Cherry Cheesecake!

GLORIA STEIN says …

I would refrigerate & eat a pound for a dew days. I'll Bake 2 pies from scratch w/2 more pounds and freeze the rest and think abt what I want to do with them. Maybe suck them frozen :>)). Thanx for asking. Gloria stein

Jacqueline Johnson says …

According to Dr. Oz Cherry Juice is a great antioxidant, with that being said I would love to win the 5 lbs of cherries to make refreshing healthy juice.

liz favara says …

I love cherries!!! I would eat all I can and freeze the rest to enjoy as a pick me up during the shorter days of winter.

Nikki Rosewag says …

I would absolutely make some cherry relish and some cherry tartlets, but my big idea is cherrycello -- cherry infused limoncello. Mmmm. Salúd!

Joan says …

My mother and her friend used to buy 20 lb. boxes of cherries and split them. It was our favorite summer fruit. I used to make myself sick eating too many cherries at one sitting. I would love to have the opportunity 55 years later to do the same thing.

Mary chapura says …

My husband and I drink cherry juice every morning. Juicing, baking, pop freezing, jam making and compotes for meals would be my goals. You just gotta love the cherry!

Nancy Hastings says …

I would just eat them and share with friends.

Linda says …

Preserves! I made such an easy but delicious batch of chunky cherry preserves last year. Looking forward to more.

Nathalie says …

I love cherry season. My family likes to eat them raw and make cobbler if we are lucky to have any left.

Connie Ortale says …

If I won I would juice some for my arthritis, eat them raw because that's my favorite and freeze some for later! I might possibly share some too! Can't wait to see who wins. :)

Auggie LaBonte says …

Five pounds of my favorite fruit! I admit many would be eaten as is, along with a nice cheery wine sauce over a wonderful Whole foods steak, maybe some sweet and spicy cherry salsa and a small tart or 2. :) Would love to win this! Drooling now and crossing my fingers

Else Von Schopp says …

I would invite some "BEST" friends over,we would eat cherries, and whoever had the most pits, would get a price!!!!!!....else

Else Von Schopp says …

I would invite some "BEST" friends over,we would eat cherries, and whoever had the most pits, would get a price!!!!!!....else

Erika says …

With that many cherries I can make breakfast pastries, paletas, and jam and still have some left over to simply enjoy on their own!

Soo Hom says …

I would eat them plain as they are so delicious!

diane white says …

Cherries are the bomb and not because they have fire works named after them! Cherries are filled with deliciousness and healthy properties. Everything tastes good with cherries on it or in it. I would use one pound for home made ice-cream with all organic ingredients. An additional 2 lbs. would be used for preserves that could be turned into a pie later in the fall. The final 2 lbs. would be for eating by our family of 5 and would be gone in a quick 24 hours. Yum, can taste them already!

Michael OConnor says …

Rinse, chill, eat

Sandy Gunther says …

Make cherry, chocolate chip frozen yogurt and eat some everyday until it's gone. I would share with my 2 best friends, maybe.

Betty Hart says …

I would make my Mom the happiest Mom on the planet and give her 5 pounds of cherries as an early birthday present. She'd then probably invite a few friends over to have a cherry celebration with cherry yogurt, cherry muffins and of course, wonderful uncooked cherries to boot!

Trysch says …

I would CAN those babies - cherry jam, cherry/jalapeno preserves, cherries for sundaes. I would also dehydrate a few. There is NOTHING like real fruit that's been dehydrated. The flavors are more intense, and it's better to eat real cherry "candy" than candy with a lot of preservatives.

Eva says …

My plan is to make them into cocktail cherries: blanch, then soak in hibiscus tea, spiked with vodka or brandy, and some spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice, etc. and then let them rest for a month. They are the perfect "dressing" for homemade Manhattans, enjoyed in a chilled martini glass!

helen says …

I would eat them fresh and then share the rest with my family and friends. yummmmmmm!

sandra ledoux says …

I would make a perfect pie!

Harold Crenetz says …

We'll sit and eat them all and then have the runs!!!

Anh Nguyen says …

I would eat them fresh and bring them into work to share with my coworkers. Fresh cherries are always a hit!

Melissa Lewis says …

I'd make a soup! It can be served hot or cold (I've only had it hot), and there's a lot of latitude for letting it be sweet or seeking out tart cherries. Depending on the recipe, you can also add sour cream! The idea is generally to crush and then reduce them, as you would a jam, and add any combination of ingredients like wine (port or not), sugar (or not!), spices, maybe lemon peel. If you do add sour cream, just add it as a dollop at the end!

Diane A. White says …

Cherries are the bomb and not because they have fire works named after them! Cherries are filled with deliciousness and healthy properties. Everything tastes good with cherries on it or in it. I would use one pound for home made ice-cream with all organic ingredients. An additional 2 lbs. would be used for preserves that could be turned into a pie later in the fall. The final 2 lbs. would be for eating by our family of 5 and would be gone in a quick 24 hours. Yum, can taste them already!

Diane Watson says …

I would finally find out if Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries!

Janell Lukac says …

Cherry Cherry bo berry, banana fanna fo fairy, me my mo merry, cherries! I would sing this while pitting these sweet pounds of deliciousness, eating and sharing "some of them" along the way, with the intention of making the Fresh Cherry Compote with Orange-Scented Mascarpone recipe on the wholefoodsmarket.com site! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/fresh-cherry-compote-orange-scented-mascarpone Plus the eager anticipation of many more recipes to discover with this wonderful summer fruit! Here's to summertime cherries everyone!

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