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cdnprairiedog Jun 25, 2009 08:53 PM

I plan to make some homebrew with cherries and am reading everywhere that I need to get sour cherries. A brewer in the Straight today says he gets his from a place in Aldergrove, but I am wondering if anyone here knows where I can find some a little closer to Kits?

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    sf toronto RE: cdnprairiedog Jun 26, 2009 07:48 AM

    Persian specialty stores will sometimes carry them because they're used to make a number of summertime dishes, including jam. There's a speciality store in West Van, next door to Le Pic-Nic (1143 Clyde Ave off of Marine Drive). I've seen them there before. I'd say call ahead, but of course I have no idea what the grocery store is called. If that fails, I've got a ton in my freezer! Perhaps I will have to try the homebrew recipe.

    1. victoriafoodie RE: cdnprairiedog Jun 26, 2009 06:19 PM

      Dried or fresh? There are dried ones at Galloways and Meinhardts.

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        grayelf RE: victoriafoodie Jun 26, 2009 11:35 PM

        Mae Nam is doing a sour cherry foam on one of their drinks. Maybe you could call the resto and find out where they are getting them (though maybe that would be wholesale).

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        cdnprairiedog RE: cdnprairiedog Jun 28, 2009 11:59 AM

        Thanks for the feedback, all. I have some following up to do... (Vicfoodie, I'm seeking fresh.)

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          eatrustic RE: cdnprairiedog Jun 28, 2009 09:50 PM

          Cherry season is just starting and the really short sour cherry time should be very soon. It's interesting how few cherry growers still cultivate them but there is one that sells at Granville Island at one of the day tables. Keep an eye out there.
          They used to contact me when they were going to be there and if so I'll post about it here.

          If that fails I have a few kilos of frozen, pitted sour cherries that I may be able to help you with depending on the quantity you need.

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            natalpol RE: eatrustic Aug 10, 2009 10:03 AM

            Dear eatrustic! Is your kind offer still on? I need a couple of kilos of sour cherries to make a pie and perogies with them for my son's wedding. I couldn't find fresh sour cherry yet... I would be eternally grateful if I could buy some frozen sour cherries from you.
            If you still have them and can sell some (a kilo or two), please let me know when, where, and how it would be convenient for you. My phone #604-519-0951. Thank you, Natalia.

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          cdnprairiedog RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 9, 2009 02:30 PM

          Thanks for your offer, most appropriately named eatruistic - I need about 5-10 lbs, so I won't tax your supply. I did spot an ad on craigslist today, placed by some folks who will be bringing Montmorencies to Vancouver on Monday nights, while they are in season. I'm going to order up some up and get brewing some homemade kriek.

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            fmed RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 11, 2009 12:46 PM

            I was in North Van today and I stopped in at Yaas. They will be getting sour cherries "very soon" (probably within a week). Give them a call if you haven't sourced them yet.

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            1860 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7M, CA

          2. NoMoreSnuggles RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 14, 2009 09:08 AM

            One of the cherry purveyors at the West End Farmer's Market this past Saturday promised that the sour cherries would be arriving this weekend. He wasn't sure if he was going to have a table at the market this Saturday but he did say he would call me to let me know. If he does, I'll post the info.

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              NoMoreSnuggles RE: NoMoreSnuggles Jul 29, 2009 09:48 AM

              John the sour cherry guy did have them this past weekend, but I unfortunately did not get the message until that morning so I didn't have time to post it. He did say that he would have them again this weekend. He may also be at the Kits Farmer's Market on Sunday.

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              cherrylady RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 27, 2009 06:07 AM

              I'm the place in Aldergrove that grows the sour cherries in the Vancouver area. We wholesale to Bob's Fruit in North Vancouver, you can contact them at 980-7001. This year's crop is very flavourful, thanks to the sunshine!! Good luck with your beer!

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                3stuges RE: cherrylady Aug 2, 2009 08:50 AM

                You can find tart cherries at Mitras Market, 1451 Clyde Ave, West Van, 604-913-0660
                I am the grower and will be shipping for another 1-2 wks. These cherries are very unique:
                http://www.hrt.msu.edu/faculty/Iezzon...
                Cheers,

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                  ktinvan RE: 3stuges Aug 10, 2009 09:01 PM

                  Hi grower...usually buy 30 to 50 lbs a year....how can I get a hold of you? or you me? 604-838-7006

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                    3stuges RE: ktinvan Aug 11, 2009 10:07 PM

                    Hi there,
                    I'm taking the last fresh load to Mitras Market tomorrow.
                    Call Sam @ 604 913 0660

                    Cheers

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                      natalpol RE: 3stuges Aug 12, 2009 08:14 PM

                      Hi 3stuges,
                      I've just bought a case of your sour cherries. They are soooo delicious!!! Thank you!
                      Now I will be waiting for the next year's crop:)

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                        ktinvan RE: 3stuges Aug 13, 2009 01:34 PM

                        Hi, Thank you!!!! Bought 2 cases yesterday.

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                    BuffM RE: cherrylady May 2, 2010 10:56 AM

                    Hi cherrylady,
                    I am in search of some tart cherries for baking, but am unable to find ANY in my area. I live in BC. Do you ship them, for example, frozen and pitted?
                    Thanks a lot,
                    M

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                      repartee RE: BuffM Jul 26, 2010 09:39 PM

                      I was at the Kits Farmer's Market yesterday and they were available fresh. $5.00 ish a pound and today dropped by Alenka and found loads of frozen sour cherries in the freezer.

                      The owner said she had them year round.

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                        grayelf RE: repartee Jul 27, 2010 09:59 AM

                        We were at Alenka on Sat too -- what a great store! Their European sausages are porky goodness, and I love their vareneky. They are also carrying very nice fruit juice concentrates in several flavours for $6.99. We got the raspberry, real tasting, not too sweet but they also have black current, morello cherry and blueberry. This place in worth checking out, especially if you combine it with a trip to Ba Le next door for banh mi, excellent flan and tasty Vietnamese flying saucer puffy pastries (which are outrageous dipped in Longevity condensed milk).

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                          repartee RE: grayelf Jul 27, 2010 10:54 AM

                          I wish I'd known about the pastries!

                          That trip also included buying coffee and filter to make that slow dripped Vietnamese coffee.

                          Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Condensed milk.

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                            grayelf RE: repartee Jul 27, 2010 12:54 PM

                            That's why I had the condensed milk on hand -- we're planning to fire up the iced Viet coffee this weekend :-).

                            Here's a shot of one of the pastries, trying to show it's 3-D flying saucerishness. They come in bags of four and are usually on the counter in front of the till. I think they are $3...

                             
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                          smck0 RE: repartee Jul 27, 2010 02:12 PM

                          Sour cherries are available at Cherries Jubileee out in in Aldergrove this week until Aug. 2nd. Don't know what price they are this year, but in my experience, the price has always been very reasonable and the quality is excellent. I'll be off tomorrow to pick up my year's supply.

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                        boundarybayguy RE: cherrylady Jul 6, 2012 12:03 PM

                        Saw your 2009 post and was wondering (1) how the 2012 crop is going and (2) where in the lower mainland I can buy them? Thanks, I can taste them already.

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                          cherrylady RE: boundarybayguy Jul 23, 2012 09:59 PM

                          Sour cherry crop is looking good. We will begin harvest on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th for the weekend only. We will then reopen on Saturday, August 4th and are open daily through and including Friday, August 10th. We sell them direct off the farm, our farm information can be found on www.bcfarmfresh.com Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                          We're located at 272 St. and 20th Ave. in Aldergrove.

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                        eagertraveler RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 7, 2011 07:04 AM

                        Any idea on arrival in Vancouver for 2011?

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                          3stuges RE: eagertraveler Jul 8, 2011 05:25 AM

                          I'm hoping to pick in 2-3 wks......If mother nature co-operates.
                          Now off to pick peas.............

                          Cheers,

                          Stu

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                            eagertraveler RE: 3stuges Jul 10, 2011 02:14 PM

                            Great, Be sure to let us know where to buy them when they are ready.

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                              kayrae RE: 3stuges Jul 26, 2011 09:14 AM

                              let us know where they are available i am eagerly awaiting a post here also

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                                eatrustic RE: kayrae Jul 26, 2011 10:51 AM

                                I've seen sour cherries at Granville Island on the weekend. Sold by the more or less permanent day vendor from the Okanagan if I remember correctly.

                                At this point they should be at their peak of availability and won't last long. I'll keep an eye out at Trout Lake this weekend as there were a couple of vendors that were supposed to carry them.

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                                  NoMoreSnuggles RE: eatrustic Jul 26, 2011 11:54 AM

                                  They were at the Trout Lake and Kits markets this past weekend. They should also be around this coming weekend but I think that will be it. So brief. Good thing they freeze well.

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                            thatwhileifound RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 26, 2011 11:55 AM

                            What I'm hearing from growers is that every time they're about ready to pick, the sky pisses down on them. I'm expecting my round of frozen cherries to be delayed until mid August at this rate and that farmer sounds like he expects to have to freeze 80+ percent of his crop this year.

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                              3stuges RE: thatwhileifound Jul 26, 2011 12:36 PM

                              Piss is close to what has been occurring........fruit is 7-14 days behind sched. Good luck to the vineyards this yr....cld be lots of vinegar this yr.

                              Sour cherries may be ready this wknd.....

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                                thatwhileifound RE: 3stuges Jul 26, 2011 12:50 PM

                                Yeah, it's been absolutely horrible what's been happening with berries. I've heard a lot of woes with strawberries in particular as a result of those 2-3 hot & dry days that we did receive and the rain that surrounded it.

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                                kayrae RE: thatwhileifound Jul 27, 2011 09:58 AM

                                willing to share your source for frozen ones?

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                                  eagertraveler RE: kayrae Jul 27, 2011 10:20 AM

                                  Most Persian Markets have them like Yaas Bazaar. Gourmet ware hours has offered to order for me from Snowcap foods. Snowcap no longer sells retail packs.

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                                    thatwhileifound RE: kayrae Jul 27, 2011 11:03 AM

                                    I'm buying wholesale as a retailer, but the farm I'm going to be picking up from is George Zebroff's. We'll probably have them a week or two before some of the major retailers as they'll be waiting for the big distributor in the lower mainland to get them before bringing them in, but you should see them rolling into most natural/organic focused stores in mid to late August if the weather doesn't ruin everything more than it already has.

                                    As stated by eagertraveler, Persian Markets are a good spot, as are anyone who will do special orders for you with Snowcap. If you're looking for BC and especially organic, it's going to take a while longer though.

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                                      3stuges RE: thatwhileifound Jul 27, 2011 11:53 AM

                                      Who and where is George Zebroff located?

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                                        thatwhileifound RE: 3stuges Jul 27, 2011 12:33 PM

                                        He's out in Cawston. Good guy. I don't know what the pricing is going to be like yet though. Last year's frozen stock was usually retailing for $18-20/kg at most retailers that carried it (sold in 500g packages). As it sounds like more of his product is going to go into the frozen side this year than last, I'm hoping it brings down the costs considerably for me at a retail level. Regardless, I don't expect it to be cheap and this is definitely going to be running a bit more than your regular ol' BC organic cherries (for example, Urban Fare is retailing their current batch of fresh, but boring cherries for $5.99lb or like $13/kg).

                                        As to the original person, I just noticed the Kits part: Check in mid-August at Capers for frozen and bug the produce guys periodically for the fresh stuff.

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                                          3stuges RE: thatwhileifound Jul 29, 2011 07:58 AM

                                          FYI sour cherries are generic and one should be looking for specific varieties. For instance a Mac apple certainly is different than a Gala apple. A Montmorency sour cherry is dramatically different than a Danube or Balaton sour cherry. If one is looking for the best quality sour cherry, you should be looking for Danube or Balaton. They certainly have sourness, but have enough sugar content(esp later in the season) to be eaten fresh.

                                          My cherries are just coming into maturity....and thus will be late to market. If you need your fix of sours now, check out the Trout Lake/Kits market as I know a friend of mine will have some of his for sale. Tell him you saw this on Chowhound. Otherwise mine will be ready in a wk or so. Call Mitris Market 604-913-0660 to place an order.... Cheers and thanks for supporting BC Farmers.

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                                  sobbuh RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 30, 2011 01:18 AM

                                  For those interested, we just received sour cherries at Persia Foods; we have 3 locations --

                                  North Van: 118 w 15th st (just off lonsdale)

                                  West Van: 1469 marine Dr

                                  Vancouver: 6437 Main St (between 48th and 49th -- this location is in dis-array at the moment, but the sour cherries are still available)

                                  The cherries are not great, though, and I would probably hold off until later in the season. The price is $2.99/lb.

                                  On a side note, If any of the distributors/farmers are looking to sell to stores, we generally buy 4-500 cases/week.

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                                    eagertraveler RE: sobbuh Jul 30, 2011 05:58 PM

                                    Mitra's market has them in. From California. 2.99 lb or 34.99 a 12lb box. Enjoy!

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                                      3stuges RE: eagertraveler Jul 30, 2011 07:41 PM

                                      Yes too bad he isn't buying BC fruit this yr........please support your BC farmers.

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                                        eagertraveler RE: 3stuges Jul 30, 2011 08:32 PM

                                        Yes agreed! BC product seems to be better than the California (really Michigan) product.

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                                          eagertraveler RE: eagertraveler Aug 2, 2011 02:08 PM

                                          Went back for another case as the cases were smaller this year than in past years. Not too happy with the quality this time. Almost a pound had to be discarded. Could there be a higher price for non Persians?

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                                            3stuges RE: eagertraveler Aug 2, 2011 02:36 PM

                                            If you got them at Mitra's call Sam and complain.....

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                                              eagertraveler RE: 3stuges Aug 2, 2011 03:05 PM

                                              It is just easier not to go back

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                                                sobbuh RE: eagertraveler Aug 3, 2011 03:27 AM

                                                I assume they are selling the same ones as us, in which case it's likely you just got a bad box?

                                                The boxes do seem very empty compared to previous years, but they should be 12-13 lbs. (We're selling boxes for $30, btw).

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                                                  3stuges RE: sobbuh Aug 3, 2011 06:17 AM

                                                  I may have some sour cherries if you are interested....they are quite late this yr.
                                                  Transportation is perhaps an issue.

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                                                    eagertraveler RE: 3stuges Aug 3, 2011 07:39 AM

                                                    Thanks everyone. I will definitely buy BC next year but I'm good for this year and off on vacation. Cheers!

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                                                      grayelf RE: eagertraveler Aug 6, 2011 11:32 AM

                                                      Stopped by on my way to the Chinatown Festival to let all you sour cherry hounds know there are some awesome ones at the Kerrisdale Farmers' Market (5300 West Boulevard at 37th) today till 2. The farm is called Jobst-Hof and the cherries are a Hungarian variety called erdi botermi (missing some umlauts here, see photo below). They're $4.99 a pound and are very tasty. I asked if he'll be around next weekend and he thinks probably here, possibly at Trout Lake and Kits also, but that next weekend will be it for the sours. All the fruit is grown conventionally but without using pesticides. They use an organic agent to control cherry fruit fly.

                                                      His other cherries are lovely also. I nabbed half a pound of his red variety, stupidly forgetting to write down the name. He's selling "splits" for jam making at a greatly reduced price if anyone's into that. The Rainiers were prime also.

                                                       
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                                    uche RE: cdnprairiedog Oct 10, 2011 08:22 PM

                                    Hey guys I know it is not the same but Marketplace IGA stores carry 100% sourcherry juce. No added sugar. I love those tart and sweet so delicious. The brand name is Dimes

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                                      grayelf RE: uche Oct 12, 2011 07:31 AM

                                      Good to know. I get the Dimes brand at Parthenon whenever they have it as it comes in a tetra pack.

                                      Also reconfirmed presence of frozen sour cherries at Alenka on Kingsway recently per repartee's post from last year above.

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                                        grayelf RE: grayelf Jul 24, 2012 11:18 AM

                                        Sours are back at the farmers markets in Van. They were sold out at Jobst-Hof by 11 am at Kits last Sunday but he said they'd have more this Sat at the Kerrisdale Market. Forgot to note the price, my bad.

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                                          grayelf RE: grayelf Jul 28, 2012 05:03 PM

                                          Jobst-Hof were indeed at the Kerrisdale FM today and they had the Hungarian sours at $4.99 a pound, same price as last year, though the sign said limited supply.

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                                            waver RE: grayelf Jul 28, 2012 07:40 PM

                                            Same price at UBC Farm today too.

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                                              grayelf RE: waver Jul 28, 2012 09:50 PM

                                              Oh that's right, I recall him saying to another patron that he had a stand there as well!

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                                      Georgia Strait RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 24, 2012 02:28 PM

                                      if anyone is going to okanagan (or has a friend who can freeze) -- Forest Green Man in Naramata is advertising sours --- it's well worth visit while in Naramata - interesting food and lavender grower. www.mynaramata.com classified section or http://www.forestgreenman.com/Home.html ---- great garlic too. (in season) Also check out local farmer market on Wed afternoons in the small town.

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                                        eagertraveler RE: cdnprairiedog Jul 28, 2012 06:39 PM

                                        Picked some up today in Aldergrove at Cherries Jubilee. $3.00 per pound. They look great!

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