Sweetheart


The sweetheart cherry is our newest and latest growing cherry. Because sweetheart cherries come into season so late they have a very desirable dense meat and an extra strong tangy flavor. The dense meat causes the cherry to have a much longer shelf life than many other cherries. The sweetheart cherry is arguably our best canning and baking cherry we grow and are a great way to end the cherry season.

Arrive: Late July

Depart: Mid-August

Hardy Giant


Hardy Giant cherries are the first cherry of ours to come into season. They are sweet with a relatively strong tanginess and a dense meat.

Arrive: Mid-June

Depart: Early July

Rainier


Rainier cherries are the sweetest store fruit we grow. They are a hybrid cherry, a mix of the Van and Bing cherry. Originally cultivated at Washington State University in 1952 and named after Mount Rainier, this cherry has become the most highly demand fruit we grow. Often confused for the Royal Anne cherry, the Rainier cherry is sweeter and has a longer shelf life causing the Rainier cherry to almost completely replace the Royal Anne cherry in the marketplace.

Arrive: Late June

Depart: Mid-August

Bing


Bing cherries are the industry standard cherry for that red cherry taste. Originally cultivated in Oregon in 1875 the Bing cherry has become the most commonly grown cherry all throughout the United States. From baking, drying, and canning, to just plain eating, the Bing cherry is a versatile cherry because of its strong tangy sweet flavor and high anti-oxidant content.

Arrive: Early July

Depart: Late July

Van


Van cherries are similar to Bing cherries but with a stronger tangy flavor and a slightly denser meat. We primarily use the van cherry as a pollinator so we have a very small quantity of them.

Arrive: Mid July

Depart: Late July

Organic vs. Non-Organic


Here at Martin Family Orchards we pride ourselves on growing our fruit in a way that we think is clean and responsible. We are not Organic certified but we do have a Global Gap certification. The Global Gap certification is a different certification process than Organic, through a different company, with different guidelines. Like Organic, Global Gap has restrictions on what kind of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers you can use. As opposes to popular belief, Organic does not mean “no spray” especially with tree grown fruit. There are plenty of Organic certified pesticide that are commonly used, and we even use some of them. With Global Gap we think we can grow in a way that is clean, responsible, and produces some great fruit.

Cherries

Cherries have one of the shortest seasons, ranging from mid-June to mid-August. We grow five varieties of the cherry, each with a unique harvest timeframe, allowing us to provide fresh cherries from late spring through early autumn.

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