Merry Maraschino Cherries
In case anyone else is looking for non-dyed maraschino cherries for holiday baking, I found Tillen Farms Merry Maraschino Cherries at Shelton's in Healdsburg. They're pitted, whole, and have long stems. Texture is a little soft and they're not that sweet. Without red dye #40, the color is a bit light but darkens after baking. Here's what the quartered cherries looked like on my butter cookies.
The cherries are grown in the Pacific Northwest.
Yes, here's the discussion thread.
The customer experience has become less chaotic and there's been some price adjustment downward for things like fresh produce that "locals" could use regularly. I suspect there's still behind the scenes drama as the position of Culinary Director has been open for several months and the Shed has a rep as a bad place to work. The place is beautiful and has a lot of potential but the owners are inexperienced and not making good decisions.
re: Melanie Wong
When my friend sent me the link to the website I thought it was a beautifully designed place but, as you say, a bit too "precious," and Napa. Great spot for a photo shoot, however.
She spoke with one of the managers or some such and asked if they would be opening any others and the person said they're thinking of opening in SF. If they don't get their act together, they won't be open at all, it sounds like.
Thanks for the info.