In the Cherry Capital of the World, July is the sweetest (and tartest) month of all. Here are three ways to celebrate Traverse City’s favorite fruit.

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Nutty Mother Munson Bars

Slabtown Cookie Co. | 228 Monroe St., Traverse City

The menu changes daily at this self-serve cookie stand (menu on Instagram; Venmo or cash), but Katie Otterman’s “Mother Munson” bars make regular appearances. The chewy blonde brownies are brimming with pecans, dark chocolate chips and local dried cherries. Follow on Instagram for a special cherry-licious treat Otterman is dreaming up for the week of National Cherry Festival ( July 2–9).

Cookies from Slabtown Cookie Co.

Photo by Slabtown Cookie Co.

Sour de TART

Stone Hound Brewing Co. | 3593 Bunker Hill Rd., Williamsburg

This refreshingly tart cherry-lemonade beer is only available for a few months each summer. One dollar from each pint is donated to TART Trails (bike the TART to the brewery!).

Photo by Stone Hound Brewing Co.

Cherry Turkey Sandwich

Bay Bread Company | 601 Randolph St., Traverse City

Slices of multigrain bread are slathered with housemade cherry walnut spread and cherry butter from Ellsworth’s Rocky Top Farm. Simply splendid.

Bay Bread Co.

Photo by Bay Bread Co.

Photo(s) by Stone Hound Brewing Co.