The Time is Nearly Ripe for Oregon Cherries

Cherry harvest at Orchard View begins the first week in June, with all indications pointing to another excellent season for The Dalles, Oregon grower and exclusive sales, marketing and distribution partner Oppy. “We’re positioned for growth in 2016,” said David Nelley, the leading fresh produce sales,...

Cherry Blossom Day in Full Bloom at Oregon Capitol

The more than 150 Akebono flowering cherry trees lining Capitol Mall in Salem took center stage on Saturday's Cherry Blossom Day at the Oregon State Capitol. The blossoming trees, which held onto their flowers through March rains, also provided the picture-perfect backdrop for selfies and family portraits....

Ways to Preserve Cherries

If you are lucky enough to have access to your very own cherry tree, then you might be interested in a few ways to make the fruit last as long as possible. Cherries can be added to any number of baked goods, but you don’t always...

Oregon Cherry Growers Focused on Expanding Value-Added Products

Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc., is on a path to take fresh and processed cherries to new territory. The grower cooperative is test marketing fresh cherries packed under a leading berry consumer brand this season and launching new maraschino-type products to spur consumption. The cooperative, with about...

Brine Solution Makes Cherry Processing a Year-Round Operation.

Oregon’s distinction of having two of the nation’s largest maraschino cherry producers is no coincidence. An Oregon State University food scientist developed a brining method in the late 1920s that led to modern cherry processing. OSU’s Ernest Wiegand’s discovery of adding calcium salts to the preserving...

2015 Cherry Crop Light But Sweet

An unusually early cherry harvest this year features quality over quantity, according to growers. “My quantity was lower but my quality was much higher this year,” Independent Grower Dan Getman said. “The size was nice and taste is just exquisite.” Rather than a crop defined only by a stretch...