This year's Okanagan cherry season is a bit delayed

A cool spring has delayed the 2022 cherry season in the Okanagan and Kamloops. Also, a late season start means some varieties will still be available come Labour Day. Although the growing season varies in each community between Osoyoos and Kamloops, they have all been delayed by ten to fourteen days behind compared to a typical year, according to Glen Lucas, general manager of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association. Lucas: “Everyone is expecting the crop to be a little lighter than usual. But what I’m hearing is that because there’s not as many cherries, the remaining cherries are going to be bigger.”

Growers hope for the first cherries to be ready by the Canada Day long weekend, Lucas said, but that won’t be the case this year: “There will be some cherries around, but those early cherries will probably be peaking after July 1. It’s an important holiday for us to launch our season and the timing isn’t quite right this year.”

But it’s not all bad news. “We now have some new varieties that produce into late August, even the start of September in some seasons,” Lucas said. And with such a late start to the 2022 season, he expects those new varieties will still be producing


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