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Sour cherries @ Ferry Plaza farmers market today

Lagier has fresh organic Morello cherries for $10/pound at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market today only.

Good supply at 8 AM, but they won't last long.

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  1. I was just coming to post the same thing. I'd be surprised if they had any left by now. They were going very quickly.

    1. I wonder where they come from - my tree is just forming fruits now!

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      1. re: tardigrade

        Lagier Ranches is in Escalon, CA, in the Central Valley. I saw & tried the sour cherries, they are suppose to be good for baking. I saw them around 10am, the guy told me they'll only have it today Sat 6/1/13 & they are the only ones that sell it at the Ferry Bldg FM.

      2. So jealous. Sour cherries are so hard to find.

        I make pie of course and also preserve some for Manhattans.

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        1. re: JudiAU

          Well not that hard it turns out. Inspired by this thread I found some today at the FM. They weren't labeled as sours (why?) which is why they didn't sell out immediately. But I recognized them and bought them ALL. =)

          1. re: JudiAU

            The rewards of being a sharp-eyed and experienced fruitarian!

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Plus sharp elbows and a perpetual sense of entitlement to the best the market has.

              1. re: JudiAU

                Which market btw? It would be nice to know where else I might find them if I miss them at the Ferry Building one year. Unless, like my mushroom-hunting friends, you want to keep it a secret.

                  1. re: absc

                    Yes, Santa Monica today. Oddly enough Russian markets often have them too. Late in our cherry season they get them from Michigan.

          2. Folks, we split off some discussion about how to use sour cherries to a new thread on our Home Cooking board. You can find that thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904817

            1. Berkeley Bowl had sour cherries yesterday (Saturday) in a two-pound container for $12.50. From a farm in Madera (California).

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              1. re: Joel

                I bought a two-pound container at Berkeley Bowl the other day and made a killer pie. They are little suckers and it took me more than a half hour to pit the suckers, but was it ever wroth it!

                When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, we had a Mt. Morency tree in our back yard, and my mother would freeze 10 or 20 pounds of cherries in the summer and make pies throughout the year.

                Anyone have suggestions on how to do that? My though is to pit them, add the corn starch, lemon juice, & sugar and just freeze that to thaw and dump into a pie shell.

                (I've never understood why it's so difficult to find frozen sour cherries. The only place I've found them is at the middle eastern market on San Pablo near University, but they're crazy expensive.)

                1. re: TopoTail

                  The flavor's much better with the pits left in.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Hard to gobble a tasty piece of pie that way though. But dentists are very happy with it.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      A cherry pie with pits sounds like a recipe for broken teeth. Whenever I buy a cherry tart from Frog Hollow they warn me to watch out for pits. I've nearly broken teeth on cherry pies/tarts several times in my life.

                2. Sigona's in Redwood City has them. A few years ago I bought some at CJ Olson's and pitted and froze them. Making 2 pies tonight to compare. From what I can tell, it looks like the CJ Olson ones are Morellos and the Sigona ones are Montmorency.

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                  1. Got some from New May Wah today in a 2-pound tub. From MJ Farms in Madera. Last box, but presumably they stock sour cherries.

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                    1. re: possumspice

                      Same farm the ones at Berkeley Bowl came from.

                    2. Went by monterey market in berkeley this morning. sour cherries for $6.98 a pound.

                      1. I found some at Market Hall Produce in Oakland last week at $8.95/lb.