Grab your buckets - it's sour cherry season.
Sour cherries have a short 2-week period in late July, making them a rare and prized fruit. As consumers, we rarely see them in a grocery store - why are they so hard to find? Well, because they're smaller, more thin-skinned, more delicate, and juicier than their sweeter cousins, making them highly perishable.
As such, about 80% of the sour cherry supply is grown for commercial use - i.e. sold to businesses freeze-dried, dried, or frozen. We source our sour cherries from Shoreline Cherries in Northern Michigan, the cherry capital of the nation. Here, the sandy soil, nearness to Lake Michigan, and climate of icy-cold winters and temperate summers, make it a uniquely ideal place to grow the succulent, ruby-red fruit. As a grower-owned company with family farms, they're dedicated to producing the highest quality fruit for our Award-winning Vanilla Bean & Sour Cherry Granola.
With cherry-growing season taking full shape, we set our eyes on finding sour cherries in our own backyard! Over the weekend, we visited Fix Bros. Fruit Farm in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, a 5th generation fruit farm growing sweet & sour cherries, along with peaches, apricots, apples, and pears.
Juicy and ripe, we grabbed ourselves nearly 20lbs of sour cherries. We couldn't help ourselves - with all these cherries, we made:
- Sour Cherry Jam
- Sour cherry buckwheat galette
- Sour Cherry Clafouti
- Hungarian Chilled Cherry & Fennel Soup
- Toast with caramelized onions, goat cheese, thyme & roasted sour cherry
- Sour Cherry Granola Crumble
- Pickled cherries with black peppercorn and thyme
So where can you find them?
If you peek at your farmer's market or pass a U-Pick Farm whilst they're in season, you may be able to get your hands on some sour cherries!
Let us know in the comments below if you've found sour cherries near you!