Cherries are out in abundance at farmer's markets, though quality still varies from stall to stall, so we reccommend sampling first. We liked the red-black meaty Bings from Lagier Ranches enough to grab a bag for dinner, but we didn't do a full survey of the gold and pink Rainiers at other stalls.

SFist Eve was thrilled to hear that these stone fruits would be the topic , but she and other devotees may have to act quickly this year. Gossip that's floated into our inbox mentions crops ruined by rain, though that doesn't seem to be a statewide calamity. Still, it can't hurt to buy early and buy often, can it? Especially when you learn that red cherries are chock full of healthy antioxidants.

Photos by Melissa Schneider

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