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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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Jessie Liu says …

I love cherries! My husband and I will keep 2 pounds and freeze the rest to avoid eating them all at once! Hope we can win! Thank you!

caralg520 says …

I would make a gluten free cobbler. YUM!

Alison says …

I would just eat them as-is. That's my favorite way to eat cherries.

adriana says …

My husband just finished his last round of chemo and after so long of not being able to eat anything sweet because he felt to sick, he finally just wants his favorite thing it he world... P-I-E. I would love to bake him a (or a couple) of cherry pies. That's how I would use these cherries if given the chance. :)

lydia says …

My family would eat them fresh ,make a cobbler, and juice them!!!

Jason E Ackert says …

The better question is what WOULDN'T I do with them! I'll add them to my morning smoothies, my oatmeal, maybe make some vegan, gluten free cherry crisp and/ or cobbler, OH THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!!

emily gordon says …

eat them straight out of the bag!

Phyllis Demby says …

I love cherries, I would eat a whole bowl of cherries when I was a child, Now as an adult I juice a whole bowl of cherries. Now that Summer time is here after juicing I freeze the juice and make ice pops.

Bonnie says …

No baking, no freezing, no alteration to the sweetness of these beauties. We''d eat them directly from the bowl!

Susan Crawford says …

Cherry pie and cherry cobbler would be at the top of my list. Then I would freeze some to enjoy all year.

Nicole says …

I would make cherry-chevre spreads and make jam to pair with soft, runny cheeses! Then, maybe a pie. :)

Danielle Correll says …

Wow what we could do with 5 pounds of cherries!!!??!! What an amazing opportunity to win something so special! For several years my husband and myself have suffered from diseases that affect our muscles and our daily functioning. There were days that he would not move from bed and there were days that I could not as well. He suffers with peripheral neuropathy and myself with Fibromyalgia. The days are long and very tough when we do not consistently replenish ourselves with cherries. Whether it be Cherry Juice (Tart), or fresh picked cherries, or a recipe with a LOT of cherries, we must have them each day to keep that antioxidant moving through our bodies. Cherries are not simply just an antioxidant, they are also packed full of anti-inflammatory properties to help our bodies. It really is an amazing amazing fruit and gift from mother nature. My husband will drink a whole bottle of tart cherry juice throughout the day, every day, and he has gone from everyday pain and almost a debilitating state to functioning and almost zero pain. I have seen those benefits myself and it is really incredible how a little fruit can make such a HUGE difference. If we could have 5 pounds of fresh cherries.... I would imagine we would make some pretty major smoothies for a long time. Could make some frozen yogurt or gelato with it. Maybe some cherry pies (and I make really really good pies). Could make a cobbler with it. Even some savory meat dishes would be awesome with cherries! Our family would just jump for joy over cherries and I hope to win this awesome contest so we could have the opportunity to make some lovely dishes and fresh cherries are great frozen to use later as well. For the whole year we could have cherries. Love that!! Keeping my fingers crossed that we win this contest. Thank you for having such a contest! Best of Luck everyone!

Wine Harlots says …

Cherries? A perfect pairing for the favors of pinot noir.

Judith Fenger says …

I would take out the seed and dipped them in chocolate and eat them with my family.

Kelly Zymanek says …

Ahhhh cherries are my absolute favorite fruit!!! I would pit and freeze a pound of them, save 2 lbs to eat then i would use the rest to make my grandma's fresh cherry pie, and cherry peach oat bars!

Moira Pearson says …

My husband would smoothy them, and I would bake pies, crumbles, and put them in salads! Num num num :)

Lannie says …

I would make sour cherry jam in honor of my 11th wedding anniversary. It will remind us of a vacation we took years ago.

Susan Crawford says …

I would start with a cherry pie and a cherry cobbler. Then I would freeze some to enjoy all year.

Jeremy O Karmel says …

I look forward to this season when cherries are at their best.

Ashlee says …

I eat so many cherries in the summertime by fingers usually turn red!! I would probably bake them in a pie and freeze them to keep longer for eating cherries and yogurt!!

Sheila K. says …

I would make a slew of cherry tarts and share them with my neighbors, who are also my friends!

Joe says …

I will take my girlfriend on 5 picnics, and eat a pound of cherries per picnic... She loves cherries.

Dorothy Cortese says …

If I won 5 lbs of cherries, I would bake a cherries pie and share cherries with my neighbour.

Ashley Robertson says …

Besides just enjoying them on them on their own, my family and I would try our hand at gluten free cherry muffins...and cherry ice cream! Yummy!

sam oberlin says …

I would make a nice cherry pie for me and 10 of my friends. i would use a receipe i found on the food network that uses lard and butter for the crust. i love cherrys in the morning and at night.

E. Lui says …

I would make a tuna or salmon tartar tower with cherries and avocado.

RMC1112 says …

Nothing like cherry-stained fingers and ruby-red lips on my little one after she gobbles up a bowful of plump, fresh cherries! Five pounds would make for a colorful summer. :)

Ann says …

Pies!

Colleen says …

I would love to savor 5 lbs of luscious red cherries in fruit smoothies, fruit salad or just one by one, however once my four kids spied them, I'd be lucky to get a handful! Can't help it if I raised smart kids!

Debbie meiners says …

Oh my!I would get my fill on the cherries. Cherries from the State of Washington are the best in this land and this is the best time of the year to enjoy cherries.

annakeville says …

I'd can them: cherries + bourdon, sugar, lemon. To enjoy over the years, like my uncle did.

Amy O. says …

Really, there is only one way to eat these.... outdoors, on a warm summer evening, surrounded by family on the back porch while having a PIT SPITTING CONTEST! Whoever makes it to the big oak wins! Believe it or not, the little ones beat out my hubby and I - so the game is on this year!!!!

Julie says …

Pie! I love cherry pie. Every bit of those delicious cherries would go into pie. I might even share ;)

Cathy says …

As tempting as those suggestions are, I'll just eat the cherries (and maybe share them with my family, LOL). Thanks for the giveaway!

Emma says …

I would bake them, eat them like candy, and share with everyone I saw until they were gone.

Lori H says …

I always buy my cherries from Whole Markets....they are delicious!!!! I wish I could say I have an amazing recipe but I can never wait to eat them so they never last long enough to make it into a pie or jam :) I always take them to work and eat them as a snack. My 1 tip is to clean them before eating them. I use 6 cups of water and 2 cups of white distilled vinegar and soak for an hour. You can use this to safely wash any fruit or veggies :)

Leslie Hoyt says …

We'd throw a cherry party! Bowls of cherries set out for munching (the best way to enjoy fresh cherries!) and maybe some cherry ice cream! A cherry seed spitting contest may be involved (as we have boys and so do most of our friends).

Joanna Thompson says …

If I won 5 lbs. of cherries, I would immediately pit and freeze them so that I could enjoy these amazing fresh creations all year long (or as long as they last). I would put them in smoothies, make a cherry crunch for desert, make a cherry pie/tart and just pop them in my mouth as a special cold treat! They are excellent for relieving pain and helping one to sleep, so I definitely would and do use them for those reasons. Another one of God's perfect creations!

Deborah T says …

I would make cherry pie!

Rosie says …

I would make brandied cherries! then I would put them in the most attractive canning jars with cute labels and have them be for presents! yum!

Eunice says …

Well, 5 lbs of cherries wouldn't last very long in our house. We like to just eat them by the handfuls and if there's any left, make them into smoothies or ice cream. Yum!

Rachel says …

My family just eat them fresh!

Brian Picht says …

My favorite fruit other than pecans (yes, they are considered a fruit too!).

Oanh H. says …

I would make several batch of cherry brandy and cherry ice cream.

Marie says …

I'd make an assortment of gluten free baked goodies, including a pie and cobbler. I'd also make preserves and lots of smoothies!

Chris carrion says …

Eat them on the drive to the beach with my girlfriend, then lay on the sand and enjoy them together.

Tammera Widell says …

Eat some and freeze the rest for Yummy Smoothies all year long! :)

Emily Chu says …

I would eat some straight, dip some in chocolate, bake some pies and if there are any left, I'd depit them and freeze them for smoothies.

scott curtis says …

cherry crisp for the 4th. yummm!

Emily David says …

I would bake oatmeal with them and freeze the rest for smoothies.

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