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Jul 7, 2010 12:24 PM

Sour cherries?

Anyone spotted any yet? Farmers markets? Stop and shop? Those have been my go-tos in the past. Thanks.

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  1. Hmm.. I think you're too late for sour cherries, at least locally-grown ones. I picked some nearly a month ago now. Fruit has been ripening incredibly early this year - like 3 weeks ahead of schedule. For example, blueberries have been ripe for over a week already -- unheard of in late June! Global weirding continues...

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    1. i saw them at the hamilton orchards stand at the copley square farmers market as recently as last week. i don't know if they still have them though

      1. I saw some at Whole Foods last weekend

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        1. re: veggielover

          Which Whole Foods was it? I was at the Hingham store last weekend and I didn't see any. It seems like specialty items like sour cherries vary from store to store, I guess based on what the produce manager thinks will sell.

          btw, I just called two Stop & Shops (Watertown and Dorchester) and they haven't had them in yet. The New York season is usually a few weeks later than ours so I'm still hopeful.

          1. re: MichaelB

            If they are still around Arax in Watertown usually has them.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              I saw only Bing and Rainier cherries at Arax Thursday...

            2. re: MichaelB

              Michigan's season is still coming up too--I was up there last week and saw literally thousands of trees bursting with millions of sour cherries all hoping to live inside a pie.

              1. re: MichaelB

                It was the Whole Foods on Washington Street in Newton.

                On another note, I am from the midwest and grew up on fresh sour cherry pies. One summer when I totally missed the season in MA, I ordered frozen sour cherries from Michigan, already pitted, and have done so every year since then. It is so much easier to make a pie from already pitted cherries, and we now have cherry pie, year round.

                1. re: veggielover

                  Are they the IQF type? Eg:


                  Sour cherries are to me the most emblematic fruit of high summer. And they remain the most seasonally restricted of our great fruits.

                  1. re: Karl S

                    The Whole Foods cherries were not IQF, but the ones I order each summer from Michigan or Wisconsin are IQF.

                    BTW, WF had fresh sour cherries from NY state yesterday, too.

                    1. re: veggielover

                      quick update if anyone's still looking - I got the last quart from the Washington St. Whole Foods yesterday, but since I was on a mission I tried the Walnut St. store (also in Newton) and they still several. After I picked up a few more they had about 4 quarts left on display (possibly more in back though I didn't ask). Definitely not in perfectly fresh condition but not too bad either.

                      I also called Russo's and they said they expect to have some in early next week - and they usually have the same supplier as Stop & Shop so that might be the time to check there as well.

            3. I was out along Lake Ontario in western NY over the holiday weekend, and sour cherries were just coming in (about 2 weeks early). Most of the supply we get here is from there. Wilson's usually carries them (call - they are used to getting called about them) and last year, TJ's carried the same for $1-2 less per package.....

              1. Costco had them last week.