Click here for our 2015 cherry harvest update.
Cherries have been grown in the Flathead region for more than 80 years. Our cool summer nights, long summer days, pristine air, and glacial soils, combined with the magical "lake effect" make for perfect growing conditions that produce a cherry with natural sweetness and tang without comparison.
We currently grow five varieties for sale which are described below. Our cherries are available as fresh fruit in late July and early August. We are pleased to offer them to you picked and packed directly from the orchard as well as through U-Pick, local natural foods markets, CSAs, and by mail order. Click here for pricing.
In season, Lambert cherries are mahogany red, heart-shaped, rich, and sweet. Dried they are sweet and tangy, with an almost subtle smoky flavor. An older variety, they are getting harder to find. We consider them the quintessential "Flathead Cherry."
When fresh and ripe, Van cherries are nearly black and incredibly sweet. Dried they are pure concentrated chewy cherry goodness. Vans are seldom sold as fresh fruit, planted primarily as pollinators in most orchards.
Rainiers, the queen of the orchard, are delicate, fat, yellow cherries with a lovely rosy blush. Considered a premium cherry, they generally command a higher price due to the extra work required to keep them unblemished. We currently do not offer them as dried or frozen cherries due to their high demand and premium price as fresh fruit.
Black Republican, one of the oldest cherry varieties, was developed by the same man who discovered the Bing and is its predecessor. They are firm, fat, medium-sized cherries with a nice snap, complex flavor profile, and deep purple color. Considered a heritage variety by the Slow Food USA, they rarely are grown for the fresh fruit market.