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Looking for Cherry Harvest Calendar for California in 2017?  Scroll down this page and  follow the links. And if you bring home some fruit or vegetables and want to can, freeze, make jam, salsa or pickles, see this page for simple, reliable, illustrated canning, freezing or preserving directions. There are plenty of other related resources, click on the resources dropdown above.

If you have questions or feedback, please let me know!  

Notes for August 2017: Blueberries and peaches are going still in northern and cooler areas, but are mostly finished in the Deep South. Blackberries, figs,  and raspberries are in season now. Tomatoes are going strong, although the crop is way diminished in rainy areas like the southeast.  Strawberries are finished, except in the far north, and if the farm planted Day Neutral varieties. Early apples, like Gala, are about to start!

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

Next year, don't miss an Easter Egg Hunt for your children: See our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!

We also have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now.  They have all copied their information form here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong, please write me!

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Cherry Harvest Calendar for California

Cherry Harvest Calendar for California

When are cherries ready to pick / harvest in different areas of California?  See the table below to know when to find your favorite variety of cherry. And then see the PYO farm page for California to find a farm to pick them!

Ripening Dates for Cherries in California

Or see this page, for other Fruits and Vegetables. Please note that actual dates for cherry harvests may vary by as much as two or three weeks due to weather conditions, geographical location of the farm, and other factors. And since new varieties are always being developed, and farms may plant different varieties, it is always advisable to call a farm earlier than the expected beginning of a season to verify on the status of the product you are interested in.  This is a general guide only!

Varieties

Sour or sweet

San Joaquin Valley

Sacramento Valley

Central Coast

North Coast

Sierra Nevada

Early Burlat sweet Early June Early June June June June
Early Ruby sweet Early June Early June June June June
Early Richmond (sour) sour Early June Early June June June June
Royal-Ann sweet Early June Early June June June June
Meteor [sour] sour Early June Early June June June June
Montmorency (sour) sour Early June Early June June June June
North Star (sour) sour Early June Early June June June June
Stella sweet June June late June late June late June
Bing sweet June June Late June Late June June
Ranier sweet June June Late June Late June June
Black Tartarian sweet June June Late June Late June June
Van sweet June June Late June Late June June
Lambert sweet Late June Late June July July July

Note: Sweet cherries are rarely grown in the foothills of Southern California, due to their need for a colder winter.

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