Chelan Fresh Cherries

Crop Update

Stay up to date with the Cherry crops right here in the Lake Chelan Washington Valley!

Countdown to cherries!


The first warm days of spring always bring excitement and the word “CHERRY” to conversations here in the Northwest! Here at Chelan Fresh we love our apples and pears, but we are especially passionate about Cherries. Because when you’re one of the largest shippers of both Red Sweet and Rainier cherries your passions run deep. 

Currently the Chelan Fresh orchards are still in the Bud Swelling stage based on the progression chart. Our ultimate start date will be determined by the number of degree days from now until full bloom and once we hit full bloom, we know harvest is a short 60-75days. We anticipate the harvest to start around the 2nd week of June but Mother Nature could give us some really warm spring days that may allow us to begin harvest sooner. Once Chelan Fresh cherries are harvested, we plan to ship those cherries within 12-36 hours of harvest and processing. We take great pride in our farmers who make sure that our cherries are harvested at peak times in the early summer mornings, cooled at the orchard sites and are kept cold until they reach retailer shelves.


Cherries on the TreeSweet Red Cherries Growing
Beautiful Large Sweet Red Cherries
Cherries Showing ColorOrchard

Estimated Harvest Dates (weather dependent):

  • Early Varieties (Santina, Chelans):  Mid-June
  • Orondo Ruby Cherries:  Late-June
  • Bings:  Late-June
  • Rainers:  Late-June
  • Lapins:  Late-June