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Sour cherries?

Anyone seen sour cherries in any of the markets around Boston? I have a craving to try a recipe for a sour cherry pie, and looking over old posts this seems to be about the time they were ripe last year. Thanks!!

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  1. They were available at the Lexington Farmer's Market today from Charlton (Carlton?) Orchards. It's the big truck at the Lexington Center end of the market.

    1. Saw them at Wilson Farms in Lexington yesterday. $5.99 per dry quart. Would you mind posting the pie recipe, or a link to it, on the Home Cooking Board?

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      1. re: GretchenS

        GretchenS, this is probably more appropriate on the Homecooking Board, or the Food, Media and News Boards, but here is a recent sour cherry recipe from smittenkitchen, a blog that I enjoy. I, too, have been looking for a local source for sour cherries in season.


      2. Got some nice ones (from upstate NY) at Arax in Watertown yesterday.

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        1. re: dsmoxie

          Arax still had gorgeous ones today.

        2. I saw some today at the Newton Farmers Market. Kimball Fruit Farm had them and they do a different market every day to the week. Here's their schedule:



          1. On a similar note - anyone know where I could find good sour cherry jam? I'm a big fan and have yet to find a decent one in Boston...

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            1. re: nader

              Jam is SO easy to make...'course pitting the cherries is probably a job. I haven't done cherries - but strawberry, plum, peach - and just last week I made a blueberry compote to die for.

              Guess this is getting OT....

              (edited for sloppy grammar)

              1. re: nader

                I think the eastern european places have a fairly wide selection, International Bazaar on Beacon in Brookline, and Baza on Needham Street definitely have it.

              2. Thanks! And bear and I follow the same blog, so check out smittenkitchen :-)

                1. I snagged the last two pints at the Brookline farmers market last Thursday and hope to find more again tomorrow. I would not expect them to be available for longer than about two weeks a year.

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                  1. re: BobB

                    My friend who has a sour cherry tree in Dorchester said last night that his were all gone more than a week ago.

                    1. re: Allstonian

                      A sour cherry tree of one's own...sigh. I grew up with one in our backyard in Somerville (the tree, the yard, and the house now long gone and turned into a parking lot) and I still miss my mother's cherry pies.

                      1. re: BobB

                        I know! I'm envious. I got to enjoy a crisp made from my friend's cherries on July 4. It was definitely a special treat.

                        My own mom's cherry pie recipe was based on industrial-sized cans of sour cherries that they used to get for animal diets at the Franklin Park children's zoo, back in the early 60s. It's a good story, but I'd kind of rather have a cherry tree, or the wild Concord grapes that used to grow in our back yard. (The vine's still there, but it keeps growing into the top of the surrounding trees before we can get at the fruit, and the birds get it all.)

                  2. Got some from Kimball Farm at the Davis Square farmer's market today. Looked like they were down to their last few pints at ~1:30 pm though, so it is probably too late to get them today. Kimball goes to a lot of markets though.

                    1. How about frozen (pitted) sour cherries? I just moved here from Ohio, where I could get them at the grocery store. I see frozen sweet cherries everywhere here, but they're no good for pies (or, well, anything). No luck at the local Stop & Shop, Trader Joe's, or Whole Foods. Any ideas? Thanks!

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                      1. re: quirkydeb

                        You can find frozen (pitted) sour cherries in Russian stores like Russian Village and Bazaar in Brookline. I have bought these cherries several times in Russian Village. I am sure other Russian stores have them too.

                        1. re: annaV

                          Thank you! I'm in Brookline, so that's perfect. I will definitely check them out.

                          1. re: annaV

                            I got the cherries at Russian Village. Yea! Plus black currant syrup and a lovely cheese blintz. The halvah wasn't my favorite & the Russian candies would not be something I would repeat, but I'm glad I tried them. Thank you, annaV! I'm sooo glad I won't have to pit cherries for my pies.

                          2. re: quirkydeb

                            Anyone know if Arax or the other Armenian markets in Watertown have frozen ones?