Plump, sweet and juicy, there’s so much to love about cherries! Cherry Fest is our way of celebrating all things cherry, so our stores will have plenty of cherries for all of your cherry needs. Summer is the best time to buy cherries because that’s when they’re at their seasonal best so you’re sure to find the sweetest fruits and the sweetest prices! How will you celebrate Cherry Fest? Personally, I like to keep a large stock of cherries around because I find that I tend to eat them by the handful. This summer I think I’ll buy a little extra and instead of gobbling ALL of them up and spitting out the pits willy-nilly as usual, I’m going to try and explore cherry’s flavor potential. I’m excited to see how cherries will lend their deep sweetness to more than just desserts! Here are some really delicious recipes that caught my eye. Fresh Cherry Compote with Orange-Scented Mascarpone I’ll start with a fresh and easy dessert that I can prepare ahead of time and spoon together when I have friends over for dinner. I bet the compote would also be tasty served over ice cream or cake. Wilted Kale with Cherries I’m always trying to get more greens in my diet and this savory-sweet side dish sounds really flavorful. I also really like the idea of using apple juice as a cooking liquid. Scallops with Cherry-Tarragon Sauce If I’m looking to impress some guests, I’ll pair cherries with tarragon to make a delicious sauce to pour over seared scallops. Cherry Crostata A little less structured than traditional cherry pie, wedges of this free-form pie would be great to serve at brunch as well as for dessert. Cherry Skillet Jam This jam recipe makes about one cup and keeps for five days—that means I can have five days of spreading onto biscuits, adding to peanut butter sandwiches, serving with pancakes…. Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Cherries and Mint An appetizer with no heat needed further than toasting some bread. That’s my kind of summer entertaining! You’ll still probably catch me hanging out in my hammock with a big bowl of chilled cherries this summer! How are you celebrating Cherry Fest? Have any awesome cherry recipes you’d like to share?