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Well, it seems that this time of year often elicits queries about the availability of fresh sour cherries. I'm looking to make a birthday pie tomorrow but don't have much time to shop around. I'd appreciate any leads. Thanks!

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  1. Might want to call ahead - as it's about that time at

    http://www.smolakfarms.com/crop-schedule

    1. Parlee Farm in Tyngsboro says that they are just beginning the short cherry season
      http://parleefarms.com/current.html
      I would call and ask about sour cherry availability...I went there last year to pick sweet cherries and it was wonderful. I think it was the first year that they had cherry for pyo.
      I read some complaints on the web about the rules for cherry picking - you have to prepay $8.50 per quart, and it's two people per quart. I suspect they did that because of the extent of "sampling" - I was appalled at the amount of cherries that some visitors were eating out in the orchard. nibbling is one thing, but there were some groups that probably ate an entire quart without paying.

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      Parlee Farm
      95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsboro, MA

      1. Have you tried the Middle Eastern markets in Watertown like Arax? I just had some great saffron rice with sour cherries and chicken at Moby Dick on Huntington and find that it is a common recipe. That makes me think that those markets might have them. Also have you called Russo's to see if they have them?

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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        Moby Dick
        269 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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        1. re: BostonZest

          now that you mention it, Penny, I thought I saw some at Arax last week. My impression is that if they can get it at the Chelsea wholesale market, they will stock it. Recently they have also stocked those small yellow/organe sour plums.

        2. Well, I struck out at Wilson Farm and Russo's. I ended up getting Trader Joe's jarred morello cherries, but since I have to go out again I think I'll head to the Watertown markets. Great suggestion.

          The Wilson person said he thought it would be a couple more weeks. Thanks, all!

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          Wilson Farm
          10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

          Trader Joe's
          1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

          1. I was at the Brookline Farmers' market today and Cook's Orchard had sour cherries. They will be at Copley on Friday and Somerville Union Square on Saturday if you can get there.

            http://www.cooksfarmorchard.com/

            Penny
            http://www.bostonzest.com/

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            1. re: BostonZest

              Thanks, Penny. I appreciate the info. I decided to go ahead and use the jarred morello cherries since the birthday boy wanted his pie. They worked pretty well with Cooks Illustrated Vodka pie crust. I've promised him a fresh sour cherry cobbler after the 4th so I'll definitely check out Cook's.

              I'm pretty sure the cherries that Trader Joe's and Wilson Farm sold last year were from upstate New York, which is fairly local, but even better supporting a Brimfield farm.

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              Wilson Farm
              10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

              Trader Joe's
              1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

              1. re: BostonZest

                Kimball Farms at Brookline had cherries, but when I asked if they were sour, the woman quite truthfully said, "You know, these are supposed to be sour, but they came out awfully sweet this year. We'll have another cherry maybe as early as next week, and they should be much more sour." So there you go. Could just be late this year.

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                Kimball Farm
                400 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA 01886