Ontario cherries in Toronto
I'm sick of going to grocery stores and only finding cherries from washington, or chile...
i know cherries are in season in Ontario, but can anyone tell me where I can find them downtown?
i'm thinking farmer's markets, but which ones?
My daughter got some at the Dufferin Grove Market last Thursday. Organic too. Probably will be at the Weston Farmers market, but I haven't been this year, so no guarantees.
they're all over the north market of slm on saturdays. in fact.. they had one table dedicated to cherries closer up to king st. on the east side.
i've actually noticed that a few of the smaller chain grocery stores claim they have cherries from ontario. notably one in the village this past sunday.
i think we're in high season so you'll likely be able to find them at most, if not all! i've seen ranier (the yellow red skinned) cherries available specifically at the cider table in slm and have heard amazing things about their creamy flesh and am dying to pick up some this saturday.
I got some great sour Ontario cherries from the grocery market beside La Salumeria on Yonge, South of Manor. 2 pints for $6.
Great produce there BTW, it's where I usually shop.
listening to a niagara farmer selling cherries at riverdale organic market yesterday, the ones just now are early varieties, also not much sun this year, so the sweet ones are not terribly sweet yet. so i think it's not quite high season yet.
nathan phillip's market will also have them sour and sweet (not organic).
I think loblaw's actually sells buckets of local, sour cherries in season too.
I've bought them at the East York farmer's market. julesrules post explains a lot because they don't have much flavour yet.
I just bought 3 1-lb containers of Ontario cherries for $1.49 per pound at Loblaws Superstore at Don Mills and Eglinton. One pound has now been consumed (mmmmm). They were of a medium size and quite flavourful--not over-ripe like a lot of the low-priced ones. A good deal!
Go to roncessvalles. Tons of fruit and veggie markets there and they are all heavy on local produce.
I picked some up at Loblaws last weekend (in Etobicoke, on east Mall). They weren't bad, although the ones we got the next day in Niagara-on-the-Lake were much better. Neither batch was great... are we a week or two too early for the Canadian cherry season at this point?
My guess is we're getting late in the season. The cherries on my tree (Van) and my neighbour's tree (Bing) have all ripened, rotted, and fallen to the ground (sadly, full of maggots from the cherry black fly). I ate some 2.5 weeks ago before the maggots were visible (I knew the eggs were there but it doesn't bother me... too too much). I've noticed that farmer's markets sell Ontario cherries long after the ones in my tree have gone. There were lots today at the Nathan Philips Square farmer's market (Wenesdays). Peaches too, though the really juicy, ripe off the tree ones haven't started yet.
My sister tells me that GTA grocers have made some deal across the board (partly because of the high Canadian dollar) that most of their summer fruit and veg will be coming from the US. Yuck! (I'm always on the lookout for affordable local fruit for jam, so this is a great drag.)
Later note: Yesterday Fanfare Flowers at 2033 Yonge just north of Davisville (416-488-8732) had Ontario cherries (3 kinds), plus blueberries, raspberries, red and white currants and I expect a lot of other stuff. Not cheap, but fresh and good. I loaded up on about $60 worth of fruit for jam. Hooray!