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The 2008 cherries are here !!!

rworange | May 10, 200802:09 PM

Three vendors at the El Cerrito farmers market were selling cherries today.

The best were the Brook cherries from Palomino Family Farms (the stand that sells honey).

The Brook cherries didn't look as red as they should but they were crisp, full of flavor and better than my faded fond memories of last year's crop. Delicious and highly recommended.

Palomino was also selling burlat cherries, but I never like that early cherry. They are too soft for my taste. The best I can say about burlat cherries is that it means that bing cherries are only a few weeks away.

Second best were The Peach Farm's garnet cherries. These were beautiful deep ... well, garnet--colored ... but, IMO, they weren't as crisp or flavorful as the Brook. The vendor at Peach Farm said the garnet crop was excellent this year and the cherries were the largest he's ever seen. For a garnet variety these were the best I've ever tried. Usually a garnet is little better than a burlat.

The stand across from Peach Farm had ok, unmarked cherries. However, their strawberries were excellent.

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