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Bing Cherries from Christopher Ranch in Gilroy

Melanie Wong May 20, 2007 11:55 AM

Thursday afternoon on my way back to the City, I pulled off 101 to stop at the cherry stand for Christopher Ranch on the southside of Gilroy.

Image of Christopher Ranch’s roadside cherry stand -
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/229/506172665_a448d77150_b.jpg

Finally, some good quality Bing cherries this season! These were so plump and fresh, picked from the ranch’s own orchards. And, a good deal too at $5 for a boxful of nearly two pounds. A few were a bit soft and some were on the light side, but overall, quite good. Organic cherries are also available for $7.

Image of Christopher Ranch’s cherries -
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/211/506172651_eeecb882c1_b.jpg

Fresh garlic and Christopher Ranch packaged products are also available for sale here.

The stand is on the eastside of the highway 101, just south of the junction with highway 25. There’s no merge or turn-off lane here, but a wide shoulder, and the sight lines for approaching traffic are unobstructed for a safe return to the highway.

Gilroy cherries thread -
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46855

  1. jenni May 20, 2007 12:39 PM

    Thanks for the tip. I have been wanting some good cherries. If we are down that way, I will stop in and get some. We had some cherries from a fruit stand in Watsonville last week and they were ok, but not very flavorful. Yesterday I tasted some cherries at Whole Foods in San Jose, which were pretty decent, but at $5/lb, I passed on them.

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    1. re: jenni
      Melanie Wong May 21, 2007 03:43 PM

      We've had some pretty good Bings from Food Maxx for $2.98/lb.

      Please keep us posted on your cherry hunt.

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        BarbaraBell May 26, 2007 06:34 PM

        Thanks Melanie, as usual great advice. We stopped at the Christopher Ranch stand today and bought three of the 2 lb plastic bags of cherries at $6 each. Excellent, ripe large cherries.
        On the way down we ate lunch in Gilroy at Los Pericos (I recommend the garlic shrimp), and then purchased 3 lbs of carnitas to go at Carnitas Michoacan.
        I may never need to eat again ...

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          Mul May 27, 2007 08:22 AM

          Thanks Melanie... I was at Gilroy yesterday and bought three of them.

    2. susancinsf May 27, 2007 09:29 AM

      Thanks...on my last trip south we couldn't convince the driver (we were with another couple) to stop for cherries either coming or going! the getting on and off the freeway can be daunting, so it is helpful to know that this one isn't bad...

      I bought cherries at Alemany yesterday. Unfortunately, I've already forgotten the price, but they were reasonably priced, but quality was only ok. The red heart strawberries on the other hand, were delicious (I think from Medina farms?; the strawberry vendor is a few down from All-Star tamales in that same row). If you ask for a box, she puts a few extra berries on top. and of course, I've already forgotten what I paid for them as well. it wasn't expensive, whatever it was, at least for a good strawberry!

      1. Melanie Wong Jul 19, 2008 05:14 PM

        Yesterday I was finally going in the right direction at the right time to stop at Christopher Ranch's cherry stand. Still $5 for a box. They're bigger than last year and full of ripe flavor, but a bit soft this late in the season. This might be the last weekend for Bings.

        1. Melanie Wong May 26, 2009 02:38 PM

          Wanted to mention that Gilroy's cherry stands have been open for business for two weeks. Last Thursday I stopped at Christopher Ranch's stand. Only Garnets available, these were quite juicy and sweet, but soft. The Bings are a little late this year and not ready for harvest yet.

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            Claudette May 27, 2009 10:50 AM

            Bings are finally in at Olson's Cherry Stand. $5 for the medium carton, still a bit tart and light in color and flavor - should be better as the days go by.

          2. Melanie Wong Jun 19, 2009 03:51 PM

            Finally had a chance to stop at the stand yesterday. The boxes are still $5 and the Bings are huge. I bought a box of Rainiers, mostly giant but some smaller ones too. There was a special on "baby Bings", the smaller sizes, $3 per box or 2 boxes for $5. I bought some of those too, as they tasted just as good and were a bit firmer than the larger ones.

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              Melanie Wong Jun 21, 2009 02:16 PM

              Have to rescind the rec for the baby Bings - the sample was good, but the box I brought home has tannic skins and overripe flavors.

            2. Melanie Wong May 12, 2011 08:42 PM

              As of last week, the various cherry shacks in Gilroy are open and selling local fruit. This afternoon I stopped at Christopher Ranch's stand on the east side of Hwy 101 for the first cherries of the season. A box is now $6. The lady said that quantities are low this year and it will be a short season because there was rain during flowering. The cherries were a mix of colors from medium red to very dark.

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