California Cherry Harvest Calendar - When Various Varieties of Cherries are Ready for Picking in California

This month's notes: February 2016: 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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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

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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