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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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Theresa OConnor says …

Bake a cobbler

Fran C. Brochstein says …

Summer is all about spontaneous visits - I would surprise my family & friends with a container of cherries!

Edna says …

I guarantee you I could eat 5 pounds of fresh cherries before they go bad. Possibly before sundown.

Laurie says …

I would make my famous cherry vanilla jam, using whole (split and scraped) Madagascar vanilla beans!

Donna Thomas says …

Does the store carry both regular and the yellow type cherries?

Ruth smith says …

I would like to enter for a chance to win 5lbs of cherries

Shari says …

Honestly, my daughter and I could eat and thoroughly enjoy 5 pounds of cherries. We'd indulge.

Lyn says …

My family has made a commitment to eat healthier including eating lots of fresh fruits with all their vitamins and antioxidants. The cherries would fit right in to our new healthy eating lifestyle!

Aim L says …

chocolate-covered cherries!

Danna Spayde says …

I love cherries! Would love to win some! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Brenda Loving says …

Cherries make me merry....bring it on!

Slaveiko says …

I'll eat some of them and freeze the rest for smoothies. Love Banana Cherry smoothies!!!!

Maggie Elsener says …

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Stephanie Knight says …

Cherries need no disguise, I love eating them as is.

Fran says …

Share them with the extended family! We all love cherries!

ANNA B says …

Love, love cherries will make cherry cakes ( recipe from Liguria , Italy). and will freeze some, so my family will be able to enjoy them . My husband also puts them in a jar and dips them in vodka for a few weeks, and they are delicious.

Terri says …

What would I do with 5 pounds of fresh cherries?!? I'd share with my friends and family and maybe even bake a few pies.

Marcella Brazelton says …

I WANT CHERRIES!!!!!! :o) I feed a lot of kids...my own and whoever else is around. I would share the cherries and make many people very happy.

Renee Willmon says …

If I won 5 lbs of cherries, I'd probably freeze most of them but keep some out for snacking and/or making a cobbler.

Nicholas Czaruk says …

I would just enjoy eating the as is.

Rosalee Boyle says …

LOVE YOUR LUCIOUS FRUIT

Karina says …

I would just eat the 5-lbs of cherries without cooking of freezing them. When stored properly, cherries can last a while!

Cece says …

Eat a few first, then make a cherry clafoutis, and then my prize-winning cherry pie! Can taste them already...

Ann Coughlin says …

Washington Cherries are the best! I would enjoy and eat them but more importantly make cherry strudel and share with my family. Slovenian style strudel is delicious.

Richard Zemina says …

Takes me back to the days of going to the cherry orchard and picking them fresh. Ate more than we took home to make homemade cherry ice cream, man our arms would hurt but the ice cream was the best!

Susan Ritchie says …

I have been waiting for cherry season! I plan to make spicy cherry preserves this year. They are delicious and make fabulous gifts!!

June Dunn says …

I have always wanted to try Brandied Cherries and canning them for the holidays. Yum to fresh cherries but when the weather is cold how about having some of the summer goodness.

Laurie says …

I would make my famous cherry vanilla jam, using whole (split and scraped) Madagascar vanilla beans!

Janet Hsia says …

I am allergic to cherry even though I love them so much. I would love to find a way to eat them without worry about allergy.

Amy Schaefbauer says …

Love, Love, Love cherries! I wish the season was longer. I love to bake and there is nothing sweeter than a fresh cherry pie. YUM!

camille alfrejd says …

I am a 37 years old and my 15 year old just convinced me to eat my first cherry a month ago!! Love em!! Can't believe I wasted my life not eating cherries!

Debbie says …

I would take those cherries & have a party with them after I run a half marathon!!! Cherries are wonderful as anti-inflammatories, and some evidence suggests that they relieve muscle soreness. How about traveling to Hawaii for a half marathon, somehow getting the cherries on the plane, and then throwing a post-run gala on the beach :) OK, if that doesn't work, I'd find a local half marathon in Los Angeles area & have a blessed, peace-filled cherry-full party at my home. Thank you for asking!

Lavinia says …

Eat as many as I could, freeze the rest and use in smoothies.

Wanda Abraham says …

I always look forward to summer because cherries are my favorite fruit. My mom used to make a cold cherry soup. I am mad at myself for not getting the recipe before she passed away. There are a few on the internet that I would love to try, but I am out of work and cherries are very expensive. If I got that many cherries, I would try to find a recipe like moms.

Nathan Zufelt says …

Grew up in Puyallup WA with a 80 foot Bing Cherry Tree in our backyard. Great memories of hanging in our tree fort and fighting the Robins for the delicious fruit. Miss them here in Carson City NV. Hoping I am a WINNER

Laurie says …

I would make my famous cherry vanilla jam, using whole (split and scraped) Madagascar vanilla beans!

Lee Blackstone says …

My Romanian wife has taught me the wonders of making Eastern European cherry brandy, as well as pastries that incorporate plums and cherries. Through Lili, I've learned that cherries are a real soul food, and this year's baking and brewing would be to honor her and her amazing heritage!

Merle Hutner says …

Would love to win such a healthy treat

Tara says …

Cherry buckle bake-off. Obvi.

Maggie Elsener says …

I LOVE CHERRIES! I would make my cherries into popsicles as well as some cherry syrup for homemade soda. I would also consume copious amounts of them all by themselves.

Kimberly "Q" says …

I use cherries to garnish summer cocktails (Tequila Sunrises, Champagne cocktails & the best Sangria)! Cherries add such depth to these drinks it is amazing!

Kim says …

I love cherries, and I would be excited to bake with them or eat them fresh!

c. g. says …

Pie! No, ice cream! No...wait...pie! Both. :)

kyaudes says …

I love cherries. I've already started looking for recipes beyond just cherry pie (which I love).

Melissa says …

Frozen cherries are one of my family's favorite treats!

Auggie 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

Lora Ann says …

I love cherries!! I would juice them, add them to my kombucha, freeze them, eat them out of the bag, put them in my sangria, make jam, and PIE!! I would love every minute of it and would share the cooking with my 3 year old!!

Ava says …

Love eating cherries but would love sharing them with friends and family even more. We would plan a prepare your favorite cherry recipe and enjoy a very cherry get together!!

Melissa Velez-Luce says …

My husband makes THE BEST maraschino cherries. So I would tie them up with a bow and present them to him, the enjoy the fruits (ha...ha) of his labor!

gaby says …

I've been eyeing a recipe for cherry garcia banana "ice cream", or some vegan gluten free cobbler. I'd probably end up putting many in my oatmeal or with granola and almond milk too!

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