It’s that time of the year when once again people are wondering when cherries will be ripe. We know they’re late this year, that’s for sure.
I talked with my niece, Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer, who helps my brothers Dean and Ward run Johnson Farms. Heather said they’re planning on starting cherry harvest on Monday, July 15, 2019. (UPDATE: Cherry harvest will begin on Thursday, July 18, but you can find plenty of ripe cherries for sale on OMP farm stands right now.)
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First up will be light sweet cherries, with dark sweets and tarts to follow. So there you have it!
I can’t remember a time when northern Michigan cherries were ripe in time for the National Cherry Festival, which is why you mostly see cherries from Washington State or elsewhere at the festival.
If they held the fest a week or two later, we might hit that magic sweet spot of cherries being ripe at the same time as the festival. Just think about it, that’s all we ask. 🙂