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Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

Fresh sour cherries are hard to find and now that my local source of frozen cherries in Brookline is gone (the Russian Market), not sure where to go. Any suggestions?

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  1. There's a Russian market in Newton, Baza, they have had the frozen sour cherries both times I've been there. I bought some a couple months ago, not sure if they have them year round.

    1. I still buy them frozen at Bazaar on Cambridge Street in Allston. The Bazaar on Beacon will carry fresh sour cherries in season.

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      1. re: teezeetoo

        teezee, can you tell me what the package looks like? I had an odd experience at Bazaar a couple of weeks ago when I tried to buy sour cherries for my son's birthday pie. I wanted to make sure the packages I was buying were sour cherries, not sweet, and a woman working at the store said they definitely were not sour and that they did not have any sour cherries.

        Last time I bought them was at Bazaar West in Framingham, which I would guess has a similar inventory. The package was different from the ones at Bazaar on Cambridge St. I haven't made it back to Framingham yet but hope to do so soon to check and see if they still carry them. I still owe my son a sour cherry pie!

        1. re: bear

          I bought frozen sour cherries at Berezka in Allston this afternoon. I was a bit unsure myself whether they were sweet or sour, but Google Translate helped me out. It appears that there are two different words for "cherry" in Russian; one is sweet cherries and the other is sour. Looks for the Russian label to say "вишня" ("vishnya").

          We also saw fresh NY sour cherries at Russo's yesterday, but they seemed quite overripe so I passed on them.

          1. re: bear

            sorry bear, didn't see your post. I buy them in large plastic containers from the freezer section at Bazaar on Cambridge Street. They are a light red and, thus far, have been unsweetened sour cherries that I use for pies and crumbles (also for a marvelous sauce with port wine for duck). They don't always have them and the younger staff do speak English so you can ask. I don't recall any particular markings on them other than weight and price.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              Thanks so much for the replies. Allstonian, I've copied and pasted the Russian word and put it in my phone notepad for future reference.

              Teezee, Baza did have some cherries in the clear plastic clamshells that you describe, and that's why I was confused when the woman working there was adamant that there were no sour cherries, only sweet, when the young woman helping me asked her. Either she was mistaken or there was a miscommunication.

              I did see fresh sour cherries at Wilson Farm the other day for $6.99/qt., but have been away for a couple of days so I didn't check them out. Having those frozen pitted cherries in the freezer is awfully convenient in a pinch.

        2. Wilson Farm in Lexington has them for 1-2 weeks each year - from upstate NY, I think - haven't seen them yet.

          1. I'm in WMa, and my local supplier (a local orchard) says they lost their whole sour cherry crop due to the cold spring. I don't know if that's a widespread problem...I sure hope not.

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            1. re: LilBrownBat

              My neighbor's sour cherry tree is loaded, the fruit is probably past its prime at this point. But that said I haven't seen any in the markets yet this year.

            2. Not so close, but I got a quart from Crow Farm in Sandwich on the Cape and had a nice rhubarb cherry crumble pie. I think they do some S. Shore farmers markets, but I'd call ahead if you have your heart set on the cherries.

              1. I picked up fresh sour cherries today, for $6.95 a quart, at Russo's. Quality was excellent. I had about 6 bad cherries total out of the two quarts.

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                1. re: SJason

                  Wonderful. Was there 2 weeks ago and the said they hadn't come in yet. Thanks.

                2. Saw them at Whole Foods in Brighton tonight.

                  1. Thank you all for your suggestions! I finally did get my sour cherries at Russo's two days ago and we had cherry pie last night. Yum! They were $5.98 per quart. Now I have an extra quart and am going away for four days. Does anyone know how to freeze the cherries? Do they need to be de-pitted?

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                    1. re: jfeblowitz

                      Yes, they should be pitted first, but then can be put in a zipper bag with any juice that collects and frozen. To be honest, even when I get fresh sour cherries I almost always seem to find myself pitting and freezing the cherries and making my pie at a later date.

                    2. Kimballs has them at the farmstand in Pepperell as of a couple days ago (I've bought seven pints so far) - I don't know if they normally bring them to the farmers markets, but they might if requested.

                      1. I got some fresh sour cherries from New York at Bazaar on Cambridge this week.

                        1. Just got quarts of fresh tart NY cherries at Stop and Shop in Brookline today for $4.99/qt. They look good from the outside (haven't opened them up since I just got home and wanted to share the good news).

                          1. Beware of the Stop and Shop sour cherries. They have a red skin, but inside are beige. They appear rather late in the season and Stop and Shop is the only place that carries them. They are not very tart, very watery. The real sour cherries found for a brief period at farm markets have red flesh and have a much more intense flavor. Season starts early July and is over in 2 weeks. Stop and Shop sells this strange variety every mid August. If I use them to make soup or compote, I use twice the amount. They need lemon juice and sugar to get the flavor similar to the early sour cherry variety.

                            1. Bought "tart" red cherries at Baza in Newton today. They are charging around $6. per dry quart. Got three to sling in the freezer. Also, they had a huge quantity of Italian Plums, at a reasonable price. Blueberries were $1.99 so I got several boxes to make jam... haven't seen them any more reasonable anywhere else. Also found Maine tomatoes...the small ones that I like, and did a blind test tonight against some local farm ones. Couldn't detect a difference, but the price was $2 per pound cheaper than the local ones. Sometimes you need to be a little careful with the produce there, but at this time of year, it is excellent. Easy on the wallet, too.