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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bada Bing Cherries Are an Absolute MUST for Your Pantry Says Peachy Deegan!

So not sure if I had ever had a Bada Bing Cherry before. I learned that there is a very short season for these dark red intense look cherries. But thanks to Tillen Farms you now can have them any time you fancy. Great because they are already pitted so add them into any fruity cocktail for extra flavor and garnish. Also great on deserts from chocolate cake to mousse to cheese cake which really works for me. So natural and delicious, I could even just snack on them for a quick pick-me up of sweetness. With no dyes you can now feel good about eating these cherries!

Bing Cherries are one of my favorite summertime treats. I look forward to eating them all year long! Now, I can enjoy them at any time of year! Tillen Farms' Bada Bing Cherries has put the tasty summer treat in a bottle. Somehow, they managed to get all that sweet, delicious flavor to stay fresh and ready to enjoy at any time. I can eat these cherries all by themselves, but they would turn a good dessert into fantastic dessert. You could even use them as a garnish for your favorite drink! 

We just love Tillen Farms Bada Bing Cherries, a delicious product from the U.S.A. They are fresh from the Pacific Northwest and all natural with no red dye or preservatives. These jumbo stemmed cherries are pitted to perfection. We love them on ice cream and with cheesecake. We also tried them in our Berry martini, to die for! Not only are these Cherries naturally sweet, but Tillen Farms is too, a great company that donates to local charities during their wine events. As if you needed any more reason to try these Bada Bing Cherries! 

Sometimes, there's nothing like a big, ripe, juicy cherry. Such a rich flavor - and just sweet enough without being cloyingly so. The one problem? They're only available for such a short period of time over the summer! Well, not anymore - thanks to the geniuses over at Tillen Farms! They've found a way of packaging fresh, ripe, ready-to-eat cherries and preserving them that way year-round, without ANY preservatives, red dyes, or corn syrup. Sound too good to be true? I thought so, too, until I tried them. They're 100% delicious, and have all of that sweet cherry flavor that you'd expect from freshly picked cherries. I'm hooked on them on their own, but they would also be a great addition to yogurt, or ice cream...or be delicious in a smoothie! No matter which way you consume them, though, once thing is for sure: Tillen Farms' Bada Bing Cherries are one ridiculously tasty treat! 


Tillen Farms is pleased to announce its Bada Bing Cherries™ were named one of the top 12 natural products at the Winter Fancy Food Show by Natural Food Merchandiser (NFM), a leading trade journal. 

“After eating one Bada Bing, my tongue said, ‘bada boom,’” says Kelsey Blackwell, senior food editor of NFM. “These preserved cherries taste just like they were canned at home.” 

The Winter Fancy Food Show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast. It is filled with thousands of natural and organic offerings from food artisans and entrepreneurs. The show took place January 15 – 17 in San Francisco. 

Bada Bing Cherries™ contain no preservatives, artificial colors or high-fructose corn syrup. They are the second all-natural cherry product from Tillen Farms, a producer of premium pickled vegetables from the Yakima Valley in Washington State. The company’s first cherry foray was Merry Maraschinos all-natural cherries which have become a top selling product in just two years. 

“Fresh Bing cherries are only available seasonally. Our Bada Bings allow our customers to enjoy these superior -tasting cherries year round,” says Tim Metzger, founder and owner of Tillen Farms. Metzger says securing “Bada Bing” trademark is “icing on the cake.” 

Bada Bings and Merry Maraschinos are available at Whole Foods in many regions of the U.S., specialty food stores and select liquor and wine stores, including Beverages and More (BEVMO), a leading West Coast liquor and wine retailer with 100+ supercenters in California and Arizona. Commented BEVMO’s specialty food buyer, Greg Sarley, “My customers are always looking for new, unique and trendy drink toppings and Bada Bing Cherries™ fits the bill on all three of those. The customer response has been great!” 

Tillen Farms’ Bada Bing Cherries™ are packed 6 x 13.5 oz. jars per case with a suggested retail price of $6.99. They are available through specialty food distributors nationwide. Tillen Farms corporate office is in New York City.

About Tillen Farms

Tim and Helen Metzger have created Tillen Farms to continue a delicious tradition first begun by the Hogue family over forty years ago in the fertile, volcanic soil of the Yakima Valley of Washington State. From this rich soil, irrigated by pure river water running down the Cascade Mountains, come some of America's finest vegetables and fruits.

In 1987, Tim met and began working with Gary Hogue who along with his brother Mike, had a small canning operation near their Hogue Cellars winery that had been started years earlier. Tim had a background in specialty foods and was engaged as Hogue’s national sales agent to expand the veggie business while Gary and Mike grew their award-winning Hogue Cellars wine label. This relationship developed over 15 years. In late 2001, The Hogue Cellars announced plans to sell the business to Vincor, Canada’s largest wine distributor and owners of many impressive labels including: Inniskillin, RH Phillips and Toasted Head.) Realizing that the Hogue Farms brand didn't fit into their long term strategy, Vincor offered Tim the opportunity to purchase the business with the understanding he would eventually change the label. Tim agreed and founded Metzger Specialty Brands in late 2002. The new brand name, Tillen Farms, was introduced to the trade in early 2004 and continues the great tradition of the Hogue Farms pickled vegetable line. While new varieties have since been added, all the original recipes, packing facility and commitment to excellence remain the same as before.

Lots of folks have asked about the origin of the new Tillen Farms brand name. When faced with the unenviable task of changing a brand name that had been in the market for 20 years, Tim and Helen pondered over it for months. They conducted formal and informal focus groups and perused detailed maps of the Yakima Valley, searching for a name that would reflect the quality and simplicity of the product, the "family" nature of the business, and that tilling the soil is an honorable profession. Tim and Helen's talented packaging designer and friend, Betty Slater, said, "since you're doing this business with the support of your family, take your initials and put them together." Over lunch, she took the first 2 letters from (Ti)m, 2 letters from daughter Ji(ll)'s name, and 2 letters from Hel(en), to create "Tillen". Thanks, Betty!

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