California Cherry Harvest Calendar - When Various Varieties of Cherries are Ready for Picking in California
This month's notes: May 2015: Spring IS here! Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions
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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!
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- See this page for cherry festivals in California
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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!
|Sour or sweet||
San Joaquin Valley
|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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