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Chelan Fresh Cherries

Crop Update

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

Late Season Cherry Availability Still Strong

August is here, but the northern district of Central Washington Cherry Season continues to produce a very good volume of high-quality cherries. Tim Evans, Sales Director at Chelan Fresh remarked “the cherries that are coming off the tree now eat as well as we can remember and are definitely larger than normal.” These cherries are not just large, but really a jumbo size with the majority of the crop peaking on a 9 row cherry and larger. The Chelan Fresh growers are continuing to produce consistent daily volume for the next 10 days. According to Evans “We are changing things up a bit and have a new Gold Prize™ pack available for domestic markets. These are jumbo cherries in a unique 2.5.kg loose carton. Retailers are creating big displays of these beautiful cherries and the eye-catching carton. There is still good volume for US retailers to get the peak of season dollars at the register, especially with the new Gold Prize™ cherry pack.”

The Chelan Fresh Cherry team is available for all of your late season cherry needs. 509-682-4252.

Cherries on the TreeSweet Red Cherries Growing


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

Mid-Season Cherry Forecast

As mid-July approaches, Chelan Fresh is at the peak of our cherry harvest. With some of our largest producing orchards situated in the northern part of Central Washington and at higher elevations, our cherry orchards hit their peak both in both volume and fruit size. According to Sales Manager Tim Evans, “We continue to pick some of the best eating, and larger than normal cherries as we move into mid-July. Our fruit continues to peak on 9.5 row and larger and the summer weather to date has been slightly cooler, creating one of the best eating cherry crops in recent memory. US Retailers need to know that strong Export markets are demanding more and more of this season’s smaller crop, so prices are trending higher.   

The Chelan Fresh Cherry Team is available to talk cherries with you now. 509-682-4252.

Beautiful Large Sweet Red CherriesCherries Showing ColorOrchard