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Morton the Mousse Apr 27, 2007 09:29 AM

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. Robert Lauriston RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 27, 2007 09:30 AM

    Wow, that's early.

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      Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 28, 2007 12:51 AM

      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.

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        rworange RE: Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2007 06:31 AM

        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.

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          chemchef RE: rworange Apr 28, 2007 07:51 AM

          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?

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            Robert Lauriston RE: chemchef Apr 28, 2007 08:35 AM

            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.

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      Doodleboomer RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 28, 2007 12:11 AM

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

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        Aaron RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 28, 2007 08:25 AM

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

        1. susancinsf RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 28, 2007 05:01 PM

          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. Robert Lauriston RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 29, 2007 09:35 AM

            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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              Morton the Mousse RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 29, 2007 10:20 AM

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

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                wally RE: Morton the Mousse Apr 29, 2007 06:28 PM

                Where is Lone Oak Ranch located?

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              Pistou RE: Morton the Mousse May 1, 2007 09:28 AM

              Hamada has some at the Ferry Building this morning, but the one I tasted didn't have much flavor yet. Pretty, but not too tasty.

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                Claudette RE: Morton the Mousse Jun 7, 2007 10:27 AM

                CJ Olson's is having their Cherry Festival this weekend. I bought some of their local cherries "from across the street" at their stand yesterday, and they're delicious!

                1. rworange RE: Morton the Mousse Jun 13, 2007 06:09 PM

                  OK ... scoff at me ... but Albertson's is having a cherry sale this week ... $1.49 lb.

                  At San Pablo they are good, if not amazing ... firm and decent flavor. I use these mainly to brandy for the winter. One year Safeway had a similar sale and in rainy December they were lovely and not noticeably different from my pricy CJ Olsen cherriies after being soaked in brandy for months.

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                    wally RE: rworange Jun 13, 2007 06:22 PM

                    By the way, what brandy do you use for those? I was thinking of them today.

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                      rworange RE: wally Jun 13, 2007 10:10 PM

                      E & J when it is on sale. I went upscale and to me it didn't make a difference. Didn't like Christian Brothers as much.

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                      baron45 RE: rworange Jun 14, 2007 08:08 AM

                      The market at 25th & Irving has cherries for 79 cents/lb. No blems or rotten ones.

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                        rworange RE: baron45 Jun 14, 2007 10:38 AM

                        Yeah, those little groceries can have hidden gems.

                        I was talking to Debra Olsen of C.J. Olsen cherries one year and she said that there was a year when the Sunnyvale crop was late and the Washington cherry crop was early. They couldn't sell all thier cherries so they sold to the little Asian groceries in Chinatown. Those lovely, expensive cherries were available for rock bottom prices.

                        Doesn't happen always, but doesn't hurt to try a cherry and see how it tastes.

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                          susancinsf RE: rworange Jul 1, 2007 09:36 AM

                          a co-worker brought back some cherries to the office that she picked up at one of the groceries in Oakland Chinatown; she said she paid $1.00 a pound (and dumb me, I forgot to ask which grocery). They were without question the best cherries I had this season: she offered me one, took a bite, and could just say, wow'!

                          This was just Thursday, so I suppose it might be worth checking a few places for the next week or so...

                          I got some at Alemeny yesterday that were good, but not as good (and more expensive), and the guy said it was probably the last week for them.

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                            Windy RE: susancinsf Jul 1, 2007 10:55 PM

                            I got some very sweet black cherries at Alemany yesterday at the stand at the end with the dried fruit, next to the apples. Can't remember what I paid, but it wasn't much ($2/pound?)

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                      adrienne156 RE: Morton the Mousse Jun 14, 2007 10:52 AM

                      There's been an organic farmer's market on the Davis campus every Wednesday for the past couple of months and unfortunately, I never got to buy anything because I didn't want to be carrying groceries to all of my classes and they were usually sold out of everything by the time I would get there. Long story short, last week, I go to drop off a paper and there are free cherries in the lounge. I take a bag. They were the most delicious cherries I have ever eaten - crisp, dark, and just perfect. AND, I can't figure out which farm they came from. Does anyone know?

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                        Bunson RE: adrienne156 Jul 1, 2007 03:24 AM

                        www.andysorchard.com - Although their cherry harvest season has ended, give them a call they might still have some available.

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                          adrienne156 RE: Bunson Jul 1, 2007 10:47 PM

                          Thank you!!!

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                            Bunson RE: adrienne156 Jul 1, 2007 11:24 PM

                            Ack hold on, those cherries you had up in Davis probably weren't from Andy's, I replied to the wrong post! But Andy's does have outstanding cherries, certainly they'll be as good as the ones you had at Davis. :)

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                              adrienne156 RE: Bunson Jul 1, 2007 11:27 PM

                              No worries. The signs for cherries have come down and the few times I did venture off the 80 to look, I got terribly lost. It'll just have to wait til next year.

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