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Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for May 4th, 2009

Delicious Bing Cherries are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week, and are available from Ramirez Farms all three market locations. Bing cherries are a sweet cherry variety – best eaten fresh. They are large, dark and firm.

Bing Cherries were developed in the 1870s by Oregon horticulturist Seth Lewelling and his Manchurian Chinese foreman Ah Bing (for whom they are named), in the area that is now Milwaukie, Oregon. They are now grown commercially throughout the Western States, although Oregon is still the largest producer Bing Cherries.

Did you know: Sweet Cherries originated in Asia Minor. Birds first carried their seeds to Europe, and the Greeks consumed them regularly. Sweet Cherries were also an essential part of the diet of Roman Legionnaires (which led to the further spread of Cherries throughout Europe). Romans planted cherry trees along roadsides, where they were valued both for their timber and for their fruit. Sweet cherries came to the United States with English Colonists, and were later introduced to California by Spanish Missionaries.

Price: $5 per container

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