Countdown to Orondo Ruby® 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, Rainier and our exclusive Orondo Ruby® cherries, your passions run deep.  

Currently the Chelan Fresh orchards are still in the Bud Swelling stage based on the progression chart below.  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 can 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.   

The Orondo Ruby cherry is only available for a short time each season starting the last week in June through the middle of July in 12 oz , 1 lb and 2 lb clamshells. The beautiful red-blush color of this cherry and its complex flavor gained it the nickname “Nature’s Perfect Cherry”. The Ruby has received A+ ratings from consumer tasting panels with comments like “Nice flavor and great size, “Delicious, refreshing, not too tart, and not too sweet” all echo our feelings about what we think is Nature’s Perfect Cherry. Stay tuned for updates on full bloom, days to harvest and retailers who plan to feature the Orondo Ruby. And contact your Chelan Fresh sales team member for more information on featuring this cherry on your store shelves.



Successful Orondo Ruby Season!

Our Orondo Ruby cherry season is officially over! Our last shipments went out on 7/25 to Safeway stores in Northern California and will only be on shelves for a short time more. Our crop this year was one of the best to date with large, juicy fruit. 

We thank all of the consumers who took time to write and tell us about their discovery of Orondo Ruby! Look for this Perfect Cherry next year and be sure to tell your local Produce Manager how much you love the Orondo Ruby.


Orondo Ruby Review

Our Orondo Ruby® cherry recently received an “A+ Outstanding” rating from a highly trusted consumer tasting panel, placing it in the coveted “Gold Winner’s Circle”. These consumer tasters had high praise for the Orondo Ruby: “Nice Flavor and Great Size”, “Delicious, refreshing, not too tart, and not too sweet”, “Perfect cherry”. Overall the panel appreciated the firmness of the Orondo Ruby, it’s large size and the uniquely balanced sweet/tart flavor profile. We agree completely

The Ruby is only available for a short time so pick them up today at these locations nationwide including our North Central Washington locations at 80 Mc Neil Canyon Rd, Chelan and Chelan IGA store.  

Chelan Fresh is partnering with our friends at the California Walnut Board to promote the Orondo Ruby. Head to our recipe page to see the new recipe from Patty Mastracco that pairs Orondo Ruby cherries and California Walnuts for a unique, out of the ordinary salsa to serve at your next summer event.


Orondo Ruby in Stores Now!

If Orondo Ruby is your new “It” cherry, then the news is good as this cherry is landing in stores near you.  This gorgeous cherry has beautiful red blushed skin, a firm bite, and is bursting with flavor! Don’t wait as this cherry is only around for a few weeks every year and will be gone by mid-July. 

Look for Orondo Ruby at the following locations:
Select Walmart Stores in Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama
New Seasons Market in Oregon
King Soopers in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
Kroger stores in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri
Pavilion Foods in Southern California


Coming to a store near you!

Orondo Ruby cherries are landing in a store near you!🍒