Once again, I am disappointed by the fresh cherries in local markets. I've bought cherries this season, so far, at WholeFoods, Fairway, ShopRite (Commack), FoodEmporium (possibly all from the same source in Western USA), and yesterday, from a farmer at Union Square Greenmarket.
The Greenmarket sweet cherries (from Terhune) were the most disappointing of all since they looked so perfectly shiny and unblemished: They tasted almost bitter. (Locust Grove also had cherries but I did not try them, as I had seen the Terhune stand first)
The supermarket cherries suffered from the usual plagues of mealiness and lack of taste. There is a slight telltale wrinkling of the skin on many supermarket cherries that I have learned (the hard way) to avoid. But even though I did not see this, the cherries were not worth the prices, which ranged from $4.99 to $7.99 a pound. Surprisingly, or not, Fairway prices (Plainview store) were the highest of the three markets I visited int he past 10 days or so. (Each time I reach the counter, the checkout person advises me that "the cherries are very expensive'a re you sure you want them?"
Have yet to try the cherries from local street vendors and from Chinatown.
Is this a poor cherry season? Has anyone else had similar experiences? Is there hope for me?