Best cherries for Western NY?

Can anyone suggest the best cherries for grow in Western NY? I am technically in zone 6 (Rochester area), but I don't trust that; I usually plant for zone 5. The cherries can be sweet or sour (pie) cherries. Actually, if anyone in this area grows other stone fruit, I'd like to know what you're growing successfully.
Thanks so much!
Judy
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I'd consult two sources:
www.millernurseries.com
and
http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/monroe/monroe.html
Besides being appropriate to the climate, you might be able to find a variety that requires little or no chemical spraying. Our lake has enough problems, as you know.
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The yellow ones from the Ithaca farmers market are to die for. Clearly, they grow well there. The red cherries are good but I have had better ones.
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if you want dwarf cherries, be absolutely sure you buy from a company knows what they are doing with dwarfing rootstock. I buy from Bay Laurel out of California. http://www.baylaurelnursery.com/index.html they are no longer shipping right now. the other place that is good is http://www.raintreenursery.com / it is best to ASK them which cultivars are appropriate to your area. I know I have had VERY good luck with a sweet red bing type cherry in zone 5 of Milwaukee, similar to your area. Ingrid

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We have been looking at Raintree, and will probably order from them. I have gotten their catalogue forever, and they have good ratings, and would like to give them a try. Of course Miller's, which was suggested here (thanks!) is within driving distance of me, so maybe we'll go and chat with them.
We already have one tree, although we don't know what cultivar it is, other than it's a sweet cherry. It does well, so it's too bad I don't have its name.
I appreciate the suggestions. Thanks so much!
Judy
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Miller's is a very interesting place. You'll see.....
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Oh, no doubt - I will wanrt to leave with everything I am sure. If I really want to go for broke - literally - I will stop over in Naples and see Rob's Violet Barn... always dangerous. :)
We're also getting grapes... and those are coming from Miller's, as they are a gift from my ILs, and this is where they will purchase them.
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At Miller's, all the bare-root stuff is kept in a dark dungeon, and you get to choose your own. I didn't check the trees, but with grapes & strawberries, everything was visible & healthy looking.
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the last time I ordered from Millers they were grafting everything onto "sand cherry" which was incompatible. Nothing I ordered from Millers is still alive, trees, grapes, nothing. At year 3 the trees snapped off right at the graft. Ingrid

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That's weird. Anything else besides trees and grapes?
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