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Where to find Frozen Cherries? Is this a seasonal thing?

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Hey Chowhounders,

I saw the post on frozen mangoes and wanted to know if anyone knows where to find frozen cherries? Are they only available after the summer harvest in the freezer case? I have a really good chocolate cherry smoothie recipe I want to try that calls for frozen.

I have checked my local Loblaws and Whole Foods with no luck. I keep coming across cranberries. Anyone spot them?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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  1. Try Fresh from The Farm - they often have frozen produce from Ontario.

    1. If you're anywhere near a Polish/Russian/Ukrainian/etc. market, try there. I know I've seen them at Yummy Market, and I'm pretty sure at a couple of other places.

      1. I usually buy my frozen cherries in pails from Loblaws around the first week of July. You could also try MacMillan Frozen Foods. They have all kinds of products including cherries. The location though, may not be convenient. Check out their website.

        http://www.macmillans.on.ca/store.html

        1. FoodieGirl29 check out Highland Farms frozen section. I remember seeing they had a European brand of frozen fruits (I can remember the brand, but they were from Bosnia Herzogovina).

          If I recall, they had sour cherries, black cherries, "forest" berries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, black berries, figs and I think they also had plums and apricots.

          Anyway, I think that Highland Farms carry them all year round, so you may want to check them out.

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          Highland Farms
          850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

          1. You might have luck at Stephanie's Village European Deli; the one I know about is in Richmond Hill at Bathurst/Elgin Mills but I think there is more than one? I can't remember frozen cherries but I know they did have frozen fruit including loganberries so chances are pretty good.

            1. Thanks everyone! If I'm going to go through all this trouble to find frozen cherries...I'm totally baking a black forest cake as well ;)

              Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

              1. There was some sort of blight or something leading to a crop shortage of cherries. I buy them from Karma Co-op but it's been over a year and if the weather doesn't co-operate then there won't be any this year is my guess. It really depends on mother nature. Cranberries are the only berry that Canada produces in abundance I think so that's why they're everywhere.

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                1. re: albanis

                  Not to get off topic, but I thought that Nova Scotia was the number one exported of blue berries in the world? (curious because of your cranberry comments)

                  1. re: Lazar

                    It's possible but I have had tons of blueberries in Maine as well which is pretty close too.

                    Here is a link to the largest cranberry farm in the world (in Quebec)
                    http://www.atoka.qc.ca/en/

                    http://www.atoka.qc.ca/en/

                2. I've seen them at Kitchen Table, of all places. But stay away from their frozen figs -- they're tough and watery.

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                  1. re: piccola

                    Some Loblaws carry them, but they are an optional item. They are big pails, of sour cherries and black cherries (two different pails- not blended) YOu have to ask your produce manager to order in, if they do not normally stock.

                    They are only available for about 3 weeks, and it is around now that they come in. I saw the sign up at my Loblaws yesterday, saying they were coming very soon...

                    Good luck

                  2. Sobey's Front St has them.

                    1. A store called White Feather, which is located north of Oshawa, seems to have frozen cherries year round, as well as an abundant selection of other frozen fruit.

                      1. I always get them at Metro in Stouffville and they take orders as well.

                        1. I've seen them at Whole Foods.