This is the time of year when cherries are on sale at the market. By "on sale," I mean that you can manage to buy a bag for less than $10. If they weren't so good, I couldn't bring myself to pay so much for them. The only problem I've found is that if you don't eat the cherries within 2-3 days, they start to go bad. And throwing away $8 worth of cherries is not good. I noticed ours were on the verge yesterday, so I spent a good chunk of the afternoon pitting and slicing them to freeze. My hands and countertops are stained with cherry juice, but I now have a nice big bag of cherries in the freezer for whenever the mood strikes me.
I sometimes joke that I could write a cookbook called "what's about to go bad." I hate wasting food, so whenever some produce is nearing the end of it's life, I come up with some use for it right away. Smoothies are great for any fruit that's still ok, but you wouldn't necessarily want to eat on it's own.
This smoothie had banana, strawberries, the aforementioned cherries, a little milk and a few ice cubes. Delicious.