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Jun 17, 2008 02:19 PM

Sour Cherries?

Bings and rainiers are all well and good, but I've got some pie to make. Where can I find sour Montmorency pie cherries -- the kind that I picked every summer, baked into a dozen pies, and filled my freezer with in Virginia? Help is very much appreciated!

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  1. I see them at Berkeley Bowl every year. Not sure if they've arrived yet this year.

    1. They had them at Alemany last Saturday, and she thought they'd be available next week too. I forget the name of the farm, but it's in the extreme northeast corner of the market.

      They were really good, and I think they were about 5 dollars per pound? Maybe 4.50.

      This same farm had fresh boysenberries on Sat, and they were amazing. She didn't think she'd have these next week though.

      Dave MP

      1. not that they aren't worth the trek, but has anyone ever seen them at the civic center or ferry plaza markets?

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        1. re: paprikahead

          I don't know about those specific cherries, but there is a stand in the front of the Ferry Building market (near the St. Benoit yogurt stand) where sour cherries were available last year. I have gone every Saturday for the past 3 weeks and they keep saying maybe next week, maybe next weeek. It might be worth a check this Saturday if you are there. It's a stand that sells only cherries, pies, other berries and almonds.

          Post from last year:

            1. re: Mari

              they (lagier ranch) did have them this weekend, but they were sold out by 8:30am. so if you go, go early!

              1. re: mbaldauf

                And I actually missed this past Saturday! It seems like a one weekend a year type of thing. Oh well.

                1. re: Mari

                  They usually have them more than one weekend. I actually missed them also and I had finished by 8:30. My husband did Lagier and only got the boysenberries.

                  1. re: wally

                    So are they the same farm that's at Alemany? How many farms are there that sell both sour cherries and boysenberries?

                    1. re: Dave MP

                      No, Langiers doesn't sell at Alemany. Usually most of the cherry vendors have sour cherries, but you have to ask. Some will save some for you on their next market if they are sold out. They often sell out early.

                      1. re: rworange

                        This morning, Hooverville Orchards at the Civic Center market said they would have them at Alemany Saturday and Civic Center on Sunday. They also had boysenberries and blueberries. Maybe they're the ones?

                        1. re: paprikahead

                          Yep, that could be. I'll check on Saturday and confirm. The boysenberries I had at Alemany last weekend were really amazing....some of the best berries (of any type) that I've ever had.

                          1. re: Dave MP

                            If you ever get to Langiers at Ferry Plaza, look for the Arapaho berries. I hope they still sell them. They are hard to grow and the slightest weather fluctuation does them in. If they are available, it is only for a week or two and they sell out early. Those are one of the best blackberries I've ever had.

          1. I went to Bacchini's fruit tree in Brentwood on 6/16 and picked Montmorency cherries. It was kind of tedious because the cherries are so small. I picked only a couple of pounds but the resulting cobbler was fantastic. They also sell them picked.

            Bacchini's Fruit Tree
            2010 Walnut, Bl Brentwood, CA