Most locals that grew up in the valley can remember those carefree summer days, once school was out and the fruits became ripe on the neighbourhood trees. Well, that time of year is back!
Picking cherries from the tree, watching as your tin bucket fills up, and then gorging on those sweet, crunchy cherries until your tummy tells you in no uncertain terms 'enough is enough'... it almost feels like an Okanagan privilege and a right of summer.
And what do locals love even more than devouring those sweet local cherries? Sharing the delicious fruit with friends, family, and all of their out-of-town guests.
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Where to Buy Okanagan Cherries
The Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market has over 165 stands, making it one of the biggest farmer's markets in BC. Stocked full of produce, fruits, meats, cheeses, artisan crafts, and so much more - this one-stop shop is a reliable place to grab whatever is in-season. The market is open Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and is located on the corner of Dilworth and Springfield Road, right across from Orchard Park Shopping Mall.
Can't make it to the farmer's market? Kelowna's Quality Greens Farm, BC Tree Fruit, Hillcrest Farm, and Don-O-Ray markets are all open daily and have fresh local fruit and produce available for purchase.
*We recommend calling the markets ahead of time to ensure they have 'first of the season' cherries in stock.
Where to U-Pick Okanagan Cherries
If you're looking to pick your own fruit, that experience will be available soon. Many orchards are just a week or two away from welcoming guests for u-pick opportunities - so now is the time to start planning (several stated tentative u-pick dates are set between July 7th and July 15th).
*We recommend calling ahead to ensure the u-pick experience is available when you plan to visit.
Sun City Cherries, Kempf Orchards, and Arndt Orchards will have both u-pick and market inventory and all three orchards are great places to take your family. In West Kelowna, check out Paynter's Fruit Market for cherries and many other delicious goodies including farm made preserves. You'll also love the orchard view behind the market with its own picnic area.
Photo by Kempf Orchards
For a map of all u-pick orchards and markets in the Kelowna area, click here.
Call our Visitor Centre if you have questions or need help finding a place to purchase or pick cherries.
The Tourism Kelowna Visitor Centre is located at 544 Harvey Avenue and in the arrivals area at YLW. With 50+ Volunteers and 8 staff, the Tourism Kelowna Visitor Services team is a friendly and knowledgeable team with a wealth of information on Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, and beyond. Drop by, give them a call (250-861-1515), chat with them online, or Tweet #askKelowna