Here's a tip: Don't buy before you try
There's more to buying cherries than picking the prettiest ones, says Market Watch columnist David Karp:
Photo: Swanson cherries (a local variety from Hanford, relatively small and soft, but very flavorful when dark) grown by David Avila in Hanford, Calif., are seen at the Canoga Park farmers market. Credit: David Karp / For The Times
Buying cherries is always a bit of a crapshoot for consumers — the same variety that is tart one week may be perfect the next, and over the hill two weeks later. Good past experience with a grower does count for a lot, but the best way to make sure you're getting top-quality fruit is to stay nimble and sample from several different vendors before you buy.