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Cherries!

Had my first good cherries of the season yesterday: Organic Rainiers from Lone Oak Ranch at the Thursday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Firm and juicy, with a nice touch of acid. A couple of them were bruised, but all in all they were excellent for the time of year. They were $6/basket. Can't wait until Frog Hollow starts getting them.

Any other cherry sightings?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Driving by Olson's in Sunnyvale this week, there's a big banner saying ripe cherries will be available, I thought, May 1. Yet the website says May 5/6.
      http://www.cjolsoncherries.com/

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Olson sells more than their own cherries. It is probably just early-season cherries they are buying from other farms. It would be surprising if they were their own bing cherries.

        That was the most surprising things about Morton's report. Not that there were cherries this early ... but that Rainiers were available this early. One good cherry season for the first time in years would be nice.

        Berkley Bowl is selling an early variety I've never seen before - Royal Kay ... $5.89lb loose ... $3.99 bagged.

        They are the early season variety with not alot of flavor or crunch.

        The Bowl was selling some excellent green almonds though for $1.69. Those were the best green almonds I've ever tried.

        They also had lovely little cherry-sized green sour plums for $2.89. I remembered something about them from Chowhound, so I bought some and now I need to search around (sigh) and find out how to eat these.

        It finally feels like spring is here.

        1. re: rworange

          what do you do with the green almonds? I tried to just eat some straight once and thought they tasted terrible. Are they just for cooking?

          1. re: chemchef

            Green almonds are traditionally eaten as as snack, often either dipped in salt or brined first. When they're very young you can eat the whole thing, as they get older you need to shell them. If they tasted terrible they might have been too old.

    2. Last Saturday at the Berkeley Farmer's market Trinin from Riverdog handed me a few of hers to try. Pretty sweet/tart and delicious

      1. Last Saturday Terra Firma had some baskets. 5$/basket.
        More to come from everyone very soon.

        1. The cherry stands down around Morgan Hill/Gilroy area on 101 aren't open yet (or at least weren't as of Friday when I drove by...)

          1. I tasted a few yesterday at the farmers market, too early for me. They'll be riper and cheaper in two or three weeks.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I was unimpressed with Terra Firma's - too soft and sweet. The ones on Thursday are much better.