Life is a Bowl of Cherries

For me, the summer is not complete without cherries in the fridge for my family to eat. As a registered dietitian and a Produce for Better Health Fruit and Vegetable Ambassador in Acton, I am a huge fan of finding ways for everyone to increase their produce consumption in any way that they can. #haveaplant. Cherries may be small, but they are mighty, bringing the delight to each bite. But [...]

In Season: Best Ways to Use Fresh Cherries this Summer

The season that cherry lovers wait for all year is finally here! Fresh, juicy cherries are bursting off the trees and starting to show up in our markets and grocery stores. There are lots of ways to cook with cherries: pies, muffins, scones, crisps and crumbles. But all cherry purists know that the best way to enjoy cherries is to eat them fresh while they are bursting with flavor. We [...]

Cherries: Freeze and Store

People forget that you can freeze and store cherries simply and easily! Our farmers have worked hard this season to produce a bountiful cherry crop and Chelan Fresh cherries are readily available for at least one more month! The cherries this season are big and sweeter than ever! Now is the time to buy those cherries and continue to enjoy them immediately or freeze some for later this fall. Contact [...]

Summer Cherry Drinks and Bites

Welcome to our summer cherry recipes guide! Summer heat means two things: outdoor gatherings and cherry season! Cherries are only around for a few months so make them the star of your next picnic, barbecue or outdoor cocktail party. Cherries are very healthy and can be used to make drinks or refreshing snacks. They are also pair beautifully with cheese (click to access our pairing how-to). To get you [...]

How to Pair Cherries With Cheese

Cherries love nothing more than to accompany a beautiful cheeseboard. Their sweetness and juiciness contrast beautifully with many types of cheeses, and their bright hues add a pop of color. There are many ways to enjoy cherries with cheese: raw, pickled, cooked in a jam, tossed in a salad, etc. The possibilities really are endless, so have fun with it.  Here is a guide for which cheeses pair well with [...]

The Cherry On Top: Why Are Cherries So Healthy?

Cherries are one of the most popular fruits in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. They’re naturally sweet, come in a variety of attractive colors and are portable to boot. The seasonality of cherries only adds to their appeal… absence makes the heart grow fonder! Cherries are very nutritious and are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals.  They also have potent anti-inflammatory properties that may help with [...]

Cherries For Breakfast: Cherry Recipes For The Morning

It’s cherry season! Including cherries in your breakfast is a simple way to add nutrition to your meal, please your family, and put a smile on your face.  We’ve rounded up our best cherry breakfast recipes to help you start the day in a delicious way. Cherry cornmeal pancakes  Nothing says “good morning” like these cherry-studded cornmeal pancakes! You’ll love the homecooked goodness of this breakfast classic.  Source: Chelan Fresh  Super simple [...]

Frozen Cherry Treats: 9 Refreshing Recipes to Cool Off This Summer

Beat the heat with some cherry-spiked recipes to cool off when sun is high. We’ve rounded up recipes to help you use up those summer cherries while lowering the temperature a few degrees. Popsicles, ice creams, frozen yogurt… all the classics are there, as well as some more original treats. There’s a little something for everyone!  Cherry vanilla and ginger float  Vanilla ice cream and dark cherries floating in sparkling [...]

A New Spin on Cherry Drying

Why cherry growers use helicopters. When it comes to harvesting fruit, orchardists in North Central Washington take their final product very seriously. During the few final weeks of cherry season, it's exceptionally critical to take care of the fruit still on the tree. Ideal cherry forecasts call for blue, clear, sunny skies and warm, dry days. But typical spring and early summer Pacific Northwest weather also brings potential rain to farmers. In years' passed, [...]

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