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Warm winter blamed for California's sparse 2014 cherry crop

California cherries.
California cherries.
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If you've taken a stroll through your local grocery store lately, you might notice that it's cherry season. 

That means time for homemade cherry pie, cherry cobbler and cherry's jubilee. Whatever your favorite cherry treat may be, you better not wait to snatch up some of this year's crop. A number of factors — including an unusually warm winter — have cut California's cherry harvest to a mere fraction of what it has been in year's past.

For more on the state of California cherries, we're joined by Andy Mariani of Andy's Orchard in Morgan Hill, California.

Where can you pick or buy fresh cherries in Southern California?
LA County's Leona Valley has many cherry farms that allow you to pick your own. Just sure you call before trekking out to any of these cherry orchards. They're going fast!

Know of a good spot to pick that's not on this list? Tell us in the comments below!