South Okanagan cherry growers are optimistic this year as the picking of the first of this year’s crop gets underway in Osoyoos. Catherine Sandhu from At C & C Family Orchards in Osoyoos says they have been picking early season Chelan cherries for the past three days.
The cherry crop is ripening a bit early this year. Sandhu says normally they would start picking Chelans around June 10. “We started selectively picking three days ago, but right now we are fully picking. Last week’s warmth was just enough to speed them up. They’re very good cherries this year," she told infotel.ca.
Navi Aujla of Osoyoos Fruit Basket says Early Robin and Chelan varieties are now being selectively picked in their orchards. “We are doing spot-picking from the tops. I think in a few days with some nice, warm weather we will be in full picking mode.” The orchard is not offering U-pick opportunities yet.
The early harvest is good news for cherry growers in the Okanagan, who have been hard hit by weather related issues in the previous two years.