"Get your cherries fresh and ripe! These are the sweetest you've ever tasted!" a man called out to me as I walked past my neighborhood farmers market this morning. He's right: this month is the perfect time to enjoy Bing and Rainier cherries at their most succulent, firm, and flavorful. We're in the middle of stone fruit season that bears a bounty of apricots, plums, peaches, and their hybrid fruits all the way through the end of the Summer and into Fall. From salads to salsas and sweet treats, here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy the fruit family — aside from eating 'em out of hand, of course.
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb