June-A Very Cherry Season
Idaho cherry season is in full swing and now is the best time to buy these summertime favorites. Idaho’s sweet cherries are delicious straight off the stem, or in pies, ice cream or other delicious recipes found here. But don’t delay – get to your local farmers market or retailer soon as Idaho cherry season only lasts 4-6 weeks.
Did you know Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for sweet cherry production? Most of the commercial cherry production is in the southern part of the state in the Sunnyslope area near Caldwell, the Emmet valley and in Washington and Payette Counties. Idaho grows several different varieties of sweet cherries such as Lapin and Bings, but very few tart pie cherries. All Idaho cherries are hand- picked – a big job since a mature cherry tree will produce around 7,000 cherries each year! You can buy Idaho cherries at local retailers, farmers markets, at some farm stands or pick your own! Visit our cherry page to learn more and find cherry-picking locations.
Idaho Cherry Producers:
Garrett Ranches located in Wilder has been packaging fruit since 1914. You can purchase their fruit at Stonehenge Produce and other local produce stands.
Henggeler Packing Co. is a three generation packing company located in Fruitland. You can find their produce at Winco and Albertsons.
Symms Fruit Ranch located on Sunny slope road in Caldwell has been producing fruit for over 100 years. Find their cherries at Albertsons, Walmart and other locations throughout southern Idaho.
Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard located in Emmett is a 45-minute scenic drive from Boise. Their Orchard is a great place to get out and pick for yourself. They also sell their produce on site.
Williams Fruit Ranch also located in Emmett offers U-Pick Mon-Sat from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Call ahead for availability.