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Sour Cherries

Sour cherries have a pretty limited season, and I'm worried I'm missing it. Does anyone know of a place in Philadelphia to buy them? Last year I purchased them at the Top of the Hill produce market in Chestnut Hill. I haven't been out that way in a while and likely won't be due to the Lincoln Drive construction. If anyone has seen these cherries downtown I'd love to know where. And, as a caveat--I was thinking that sour cherry season hadn't started yet so I haven't been looking for them, but I've recently learned that it has started already, hence why I'm clueless about where they actually can be found this year. Thanks!

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  1. I saw them a couple weeks ago at the Elkins Park farmer's market, so likely the other farmer's markets have them as well. They probably also have them at Reading Terminal, though I haven't actually looked.

    1. Sour cherries have been out for a week or two. They have them (or did) at Fair Food Farms in the Reading Terminal, they also had them at the Tuesday farmers market at 5th and Passyunk and the Sunday market at Headhouse.

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      1. re: Bigley9

        Yes, I saw them at Fair Food @ Reading Terminal this week. The season is fast slipping (some orchards have run out), so I'd hurry and pick some up this weekend.

        1. re: lowereastrittenhouse

          I definitely will! I only bought one batch last year and made a fantastic cherry slab pie with them. I hope to stock up this year and freeze some for pies, etc. in the coming months.

      2. Thanks to both of you! I'll check Reading Terminal and Headhouse. I had suspected both places might have them but I appreciate the confirmation nonetheless!

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        1. re: Laura D.

          Found them at the Fair Food Farmstand on Saturday. $6/quart. Made a pie with an almond crumble. Incredible! I will now be keeping my eye out for these every summer!

          1. re: urbanfabric

            I was hoping to get to the Reading Terminal this afternoon after work but wound up getting stuck at the office until after closing time. Hopefully if I don't get over there one night this week I will get there on Saturday (and hopefully they'll still have the cherries).

        2. I've been buying them at the Clark Park Farmer's Market. Then I soak 'em in Maraschino liquor for my cocktails. My god they're tasty.

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          1. re: Boognish

            bought two pints yesterday at CP.

          2. The season locally has pretty much passed. It's only about 2 weeks long so you have to strike while he iron's hot. You can probably find NY ones around. Last year I got some at the Quakertown farmers' market.

            There are several orchards with sour cherries for next year. Solebury Orchards near New Hope and Meyer's up by Quakertown. I'm sure there are others, but I'm not sure.

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            1. re: JohnnyKBar

              Hmm, I'm surprised to hear that. The cherries I got last year must not have been local, then, since I didn't get them until on/after July 24, 2009 as the recipe that I used the cherries in wasn't published until that date. They were great though so I guess I'll aim for local next year but will take NY cherries this time around.

              1. re: Laura D.

                Cherry season started much earlier this year because of the weather.

                1. re: jennyjen

                  Makes sense given all of the discussion about other produce being early this year. Now only if my mind could catch up to the produce...

                  1. re: Laura D.

                    The Penn State Cooperative Extension in Bucks says cherries are end of June/beginning of July season. I think that Solebury Orchards had them PYO for $2.85/lb and Meyer's had them for $2/lb, but PYO. If you can find the Extension Fresh From The Farm booklets, they list all the farms, farmers' markets and PYO by county. I know that Bux & MontCo have them online, not sure about Philly or ChesCo.

                2. re: Laura D.

                  If they are at Fair Food farms or a farmer's market operated by the Farmers Trust they are local. can't sell NY Cherries at those spots