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Sour cherries?

kathrynliana Jul 21, 2011 11:35 AM

Have I missed sour cherries in toronto? I heard it's a poor year for cherries... I've been watching, but haven't seen any! Help!

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    Jane_in_to Jul 21, 2011 12:41 PM

    Last week I've been told by one grocer at SLM they will be ready this week or the next.

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      ComeUndone Jul 21, 2011 01:46 PM

      Just bought mine this week at the Hillcrest Mall Farmers' Market. They say there'll be no more next week since it's not a good year. So keep your eyes open!

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        julesrules Jul 21, 2011 05:44 PM

        In Wasaga Beach the supercentre sold out of 50 pails 3
        days ago. Not sure if they will get more.The cherry grower's website said they'd be available until early August, but I'm wondering what they base that on - actual conditions and quantities or just how long
        they keep in the pails.

        1. mariecollins Jul 22, 2011 08:13 AM

          I've seen them at the Lofredo Farms stall at my farmer's market (East Lynn Park on Thursdays).

          1. lyndak Jul 22, 2011 09:07 AM

            Highland Farms had them at their Rutherford Road location on Wednesday.

            Highland Farms
            3300 Rutherford Rd, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Z2, CA

            1. dachopstix Jul 22, 2011 07:26 PM

              Saw buckets at the Real Canadian Superstore at Dufferin/Steeles

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                Marniee Jul 23, 2011 01:01 PM

                A bought a pail of cherries $19.99 at Food Basics, Rockwood Mall. The Basics store on Dundas and East Mall had sign in the window "Red tart cherries available July 17 - Aug.7".

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                  equalibra Jul 7, 2012 06:42 PM

                  2012 sour cherries in toronto? I live at Yonge/Davisville, there is a little veg store where I usually pick up a LOT of my produce. They currently have sour cherries at 4.99/lb (picked up a pound today). I missed the season last year, and this is my first buying them. I don't drive - any other TTC friendly finds? I imagine they might be cheaper elsewhere. Haven't checked SLM, was in Kensington earlier this week and didn't see any.

                  And now what do I do with them? I'm thinking a small batch of jam, some infused bourbon, perhaps a cake or pie to bring to work ( I live by myself, and I'm not big on baking OR sweets, just experimenting with new recipes), and some for freezing. I've spent a good deal of time looking up recipes/ideas already, but am open to suggestions. Am I better off just freezing them right away ? Most recipes seem to suggest that frozen are FINE, and they still hold their shape pretty well.

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                  1. re: equalibra
                    julesrules Jul 7, 2012 07:10 PM

                    If you don't like sweets - maybe a cold soup? A sauce for duck? I've never frozen them from fresh, but the sugared ones in pails freeze fine for baking and sauces.

                    I thought that like apples, a lot of the crop was destroyed this year with the early blossoms followed by freezing temps. So it's good to hear you got some, I will be looking at my local fruit store, which often has things the big guys don't carry.

                    I think the marketing board's website has gotten even *less* useful. No dates posted for this year's crop or mention of crop failure/success.


                    1. re: julesrules
                      atomeyes Jul 7, 2012 08:52 PM

                      some today at the Brickworks' market

                    2. re: equalibra
                      Mila Jul 8, 2012 03:46 PM

                      Usually you buy sour cherries in really big buckets and they are pitted, stored in their own juice and refrigerated. You usually have to ask the produce manager for them like they are some insider secret. Which is fine because I know the secret.

                      You make pie. Lots of sour cherry pies, the best pie in the world. You can make jams / chutneys / summer cakes like buckles.

                      I make a semi preserve / chutney which I serve with warm brie and toasted almonds.

                      You won't be sorry you got the big bucket. About $20 / $25. And freeze what you can't use in the next week or so.

                      1. re: Mila
                        julesrules Jul 19, 2012 07:57 AM

                        Has anyone seen the secret buckets yet?

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                          atomeyes Jul 19, 2012 12:53 PM

                          they purposely mis-label them in buckets that say "beef navels"

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                            earthygoat Jul 19, 2012 06:15 PM

                            We bought a couple of buckets at the beginning of the week at the Superstore in Peterborough. There were no signs and we had to ask for them.

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                              julesrules Jul 20, 2012 06:11 AM

                              Good to know - I'm going to try the Don Mills Supercentre this weekend, they've had them in past years.

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                                julesrules Jul 22, 2012 04:26 PM

                                We got some at the Leslie loblaws. They were $29.99 for 5 kilos.

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                                  atomeyes Jul 22, 2012 07:34 PM

                                  Leslie and what?
                                  i've been calling around. i am looking for them for home brewing and i need 5 lbs.

                                  1. re: atomeyes
                                    julesrules Jul 22, 2012 07:45 PM

                                    Yeah sorry I forget Leslie is split. Leslie and Lakeshore. But to be clear, they're 5kg/11 lb tubs of pitted sour cherries in sugar syrup. Can you use those for beer? Can I come over?

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