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*** Time to order your Sweet Cherries! ***

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The Stennes family has been growing premium certified organic fruit in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range in Washington State for over 115 years. The healthy soils, clean air and pure water in the Methow and Okanogan valleys have been the Stennes family growing ground since 1894, when Britanus Stennes, a Norwegian immigrant, settled in Washington State after a long and demanding journey by ship, wagon and horseback from his home country.

Britanus homesteaded 160 acres of fertile soil in the flat river bottoms and steep mountainsides of the Methow Valley. Soon after settling, Britanus planted apple trees on his land. That was the beginning of a multi-generational family fruit business. Britanus expanded and operated the orchard until the mid-1930’s, when his oldest son, Kermit, assumed the responsibilities for the fruit orchards. Kermit’s son, Keith, began managing the family fruit business in 1968, and has been responsible for the most recent expansion - including expanding the fruit varieties to include plums, pluots, and cherries - as well as apples.

Stennes Family Farm's fresh cherry orchards grace nooks and crannies of Eastern Washington. There, Keith and his sons allow their cherries to ripen on the tree rather than en route to the store. The family then hand-picks each piece of fruit, after which they are individually checked for size, color, firmness, and even to make sure they have a stem, before they are boxed and shipped to us. Then we check them again before we ship them to you. This means every cherry is, well, cherry-picked from all the rest!

Order today to make sure you receive your fruit the way nature intended it to be eaten! Once you have tried our hand-picked, tree-ripened farm fresh sweet Washington cherries, you'll see why we think they are so exceptional.

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During the holiday season, PDF Fruit Certificates are emailed to purchaser within 24-48 hours of ordering. The certificate indicates to whom the cherries are being sent, as well as who the gift is from. If there is not a separate ship-to name and address, the "to" section of the certificate will be left blank, so that you can fill it out however you wish. If you need us to mail a physical certificate to the gift recipient, please let us know.

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Every year, of course, is different. The weather plays a big factor, and 2022 will be no different. In 2011, all the cherries were 2-3 weeks late. In 2012, they all were harvested about a week early. 2013 they were all about on time. 2014 they were very early due to the very warm winter and spring, and 2016 was early as well.  In 2017, everything started out early, and then became "right on time" -- although we are not really sure what that means anymore ... SO, what does this mean for you?  It means everything is a big, fat guess.

*** Dates listed below are estimates, and could change if the temperatures start to go up or down, or if they get a heat wave in Eastern Washington. We will try to keep this information as up to date as much as possible. The cherries generally ship, and with rare exception, in the following order:

* Early Robins: MID June - We originally thought the Early Robins would start today (June 19) - but we were wrong.  We will let you know.
Bings: MID to LATE June - With or just before the Rainiers, and about a week after the Early Robins.
* Rainiers: MID to LATE June - Usually ship within a week of the Bings - but sometime with the Bings.
* Lapins: LATE June to EARLY July - Usually ship within a week of the Bings -- but sometimes a little later.
* Sweethearts: EARLY to MID JULY - Usually ship 2 weeks after the Lapins - but sometimes 1 week and sometimes 3 weeks later.

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HOW TO CHOOSE? Well, you can always order the full Quintet of Fresh Cherries: one box of each variety delivered over the course of the cherry season! But if that is too many cherries for you, here's our super-speedy run-down of the varieties:

* Early Robins: An early-season Rainier-like, light-skinned, sweet cherry. Very low acid - so, "sweet" is best description. Perfect for people who are sensitive to acid - like my mother-in-law.

* Rainiers: Rare outside of Washington State, Rainiers have a pale, yellow-ish pink-ish skin, with a very sweet flavor. Also low acid.

* Bings: Famous Bings are delicious, dark-red sweet cherries, firm and juicy.

* Lapins: Harder to come by outside our region, Lapins are big, firm, almost crunchy to the bite, and lusciously juicy.

* Sweethearts: The last to ripen, Sweethearts have a hint more tang to their sweetness, and they're not as enormous as the Lapins. If you like that tart, cherry flavor, these are the cherries for you.

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* Please plan to be available on delivery day, so that your farm fresh sweet Washington cherries don't have to sit outside in hot weather. A UPS notification will be emailed to billing email address the day the cherries are shipped. Additionally, we try to keep the cherry page updated with the latest shipping information.

Price includes shipping within the Continental US only.
Call us (800.596.0885) if you need to know what additional shipping charges are to Alaska or Hawaii. We are not allowed to ship fresh fruit to international destinations.

* Please order cherries separately from the rest of your order. If your order includes both fresh cherries and other items, the cherries will ship separately and you will be charged our regular ground or expedited shipping for the non-perishable items.

* Our farm fresh sweet Washington cherries are ripe and ready to eat right out of their box.
However, we recommend removing the plastic bag of cherries from their box and foil liner, and chilling the fruit in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours before eating. This helps them crisp up after their journey. The cherries will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. It's also always a good idea to wash all fruit before eating it.

LOCAL CUSTOMERS: Shipping LOCALLY or within the Pacific Northwest?
Call us (206.286.9988) if you're shipping within WA state or to northern OR for special pricing - or if you want to pick your cherries up in the store, better pricing still.  Or just stop by the shop the day after we ship, and see if we have anything left and you can purchase by the pound. 



"I just wanted to compliment you on the last order of cherries I received from you. They were the best cherries I've ever eaten. They were huge, meaty, and sweet. I didn't spot a single--not one--blemish in the whole batch. Thank you...I'll be a repeat customer for sure!"  --Maura

"The best cherries ever, delivered to your door."     --Bon Appetit Magazine

 "Our food editors are wild for the Bing cherries grown ... in Washington State. Shipped right after being picked, each red globe is firm, juicy, and bursting with sweet flavor."   --Gourmet Magazine

"When I tasted the Bing cherries from ... [], I thought I had died and gone to Heaven."  --Marian Burros, The New York Times

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