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Where would you go if you wanted to buy large quantities of sour cherries?

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I want to make sour cherry liqueur -- can I get sour cherries now? I'm in Hollywood but distance is no problem if I can get good sour cherries, even better if they're cheap. (I remember vaguely somebody telling me there was a pick-your-own cherry farm somewhere not too ar away -- anybody knows?) Thanks so much!

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    1. They may still have some sour cherries at the Wed. farmer's market in Santa Monica. Below is a link to pick your own. I think you have to sign up on-line. I've picked peaches, apricots & nectarines, but haven't tried the cherries. Wear old clothes.

      Link: http://www.northsidecherries.com/

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      1. re: Sandra W.

        This is very interesting. I was under the impression that CA was too warm for sour cherries.

        1. re: JudiAU

          There were definitely some sour cherries a few weeks ago (being touted by the grower as such.) Don't know at the pick-your-own farm.

          1. re: Sandra W.

            This is very exciting!

          2. re: JudiAU

            leona valley has a special microclimate & elevation. it can get quite chilly in winter & occasionally snow, summers are warm and dry .

            up there we've found tart montmorency cherries at roadside stands and they were perfect for pies & jam. you have to ask around because more sweets were planted than sours and they remain a little obscure.

          3. re: Sandra W.

            Heavens! When I was a child my family drove out to Beaumont every year to pick cherries. It was a firm family tradition. We packed a picnic lunch to eat in the park, then it was on to the Cherry groves! We'd pick and eat and pick and eat. Then we'd bring home POUNDS of cherries to share with friends and relatives.

            I'm guessing the tart varieties aren't as popular in the pick-your-own orchards because people like to eat as they pick . . .