Growers are anticipating a record cherry crop in the Okanagan this summer.
A combination of ideal weather conditions through the bloom period and new production methods has resulted in an estimated 12 million pound crop, the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative says.
Consumers will start seeing Okanagan cherries in stores starting the end of June.
The estimated crop is expected to exceed last season’s. In 2017, the yield fell short of initial estimates, at 10.1 million pounds, due to weather challenges across the region.
In addition to cherries, BC Tree Fruits is anticipating a very good peach, nectarine, prune, plum and table grape crop, with volumes either slightly up or similar to last year.
“Mother nature served our growing regions with ideal weather conditions through bloom into the post-bloom period, which has resulted in a lot of fruit on the trees,” says marketing manager Chris Pollock. “Our growers are excited and prepared for great summer fruit crops this year.”
The primary market for that fruit is Western Canada, but the valley also exports to the United States and abroad.