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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.


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