The Okanagan has the ability to produce many different kinds of cherries, including Rainier Cherries, a large variety and a local favourite. They’re perfect for fresh eating because they’re so sweet. Van Cherries are smaller than other varieties and very dark in hue. They are also very sweet, a great choice for setting on the table as a fresh fruit, or canning. Most of us know about Bing Cherries, the largest variety. They resemble a heart shape and are a deep maroon colour. Bings are excellent for eating fresh or making into preserves and pies.

Buy Fresh Cherries at Don-O-Ray Farms in Kelowna

Cherries are a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be enjoyed fresh, frozen, or dried. Do you have a dehydrator? To dehydrate cherries, start by washing them thoroughly and then removing the stems. Next, cut the cherries in half and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then, set your dehydrator or oven to the lowest and dehydrate for six to eight hours, or until they are dried out. Once they’re done, let the cherries cool before storing them in an airtight container. Dehydrated cherries make a great snack on their own or can be added to trail mix, yogurt, or cereal.

Cherries are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and fiber. Fresh cherries are a summertime treat that can be found at our storefront on 3443 Benvoulin Road in Kelowna, or picked right off the tree. U-Picks are a fun activity for the whole family, and the taste of fresher-than-fresh cherries is unforgettable. If you’re lucky enough to find some fresh cherries for sale, don’t hesitate to snag a few pounds – your taste buds will thank you!

Are you interested in fresh pressed cherry juice? Check out this article: The Nutritional Power of Fresh Pressed Juice

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Visit our Facebook page to WATCH: This was a fun one! Local cherry season is finally here! We hit up Don-O-Ray Farms with Kelowna10 to get a bird’s eye view of the delicious (and huge) cherries ripe for the picking!

Here at Don-O-Ray Farm, we take great pride in growing our own top-quality fruit and vegetables on 45 acres which are PICKED FRESH DAILY. Our fruits are grown in Kelowna and throughout the Okanagan because we believe the closer the farm, the fresher and more nutritious your produce. We have ample parking, and you can even take a tour of the farm or bring your children to enjoy our petting zoo and ice cream.

Shop with us for fresh fruit, herbs & veggies, ice cream, baked goods & sauces and locally sourced meat and other farm products. Open 8 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week.