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There’s nothing better than fresh-picked Colorado cherries.

People remember our sweet cherries because they taste so good. As cherries are one of the first fruits of the markets, we believe in making a splash with flavor. Red, juicy and full of succulent sweet flavor, we let our cherries ripen on the tree to perfection, unlike many people that pick them once they start to turn red. On our farm, cherries often succumb to spring frost, so they are one of our less reliable crops.   But, when we have them they are worth waiting for!

Info about storage & care >>
March 18, 2012


The first cherry of the season for us, Bing has been the mainstay of the cherry industry for many years.  While there are many other varieties out there now, Bing is still a sweet, juicy, full flavored cherry that will delight your taste buds.  When left on the tree to…
March 18, 2012


A mid-season cherry variety, Skeena picks about a week after Bing's.  They are large, deep red, sweet fruits that have a very firm texture.  Similar to Bing's, they need to develop a deep, nearly mahagony, red color before they have their full sweetness and flavor.  Picked in mid-July.
March 18, 2012


A late season cherry that picks at the end of July or early August.  Sweethearts are a large, sweet, full flavored and dense cherry that is a delight with which to finish the season.  Our biggest problem on the farm is beating the birds to them!

Cherry Storage & Care

At Ela Family Farms, we grow sweet cherry varieties.  Unlike tart cherries which are best for jams or pies, ours are delicious when eaten fresh. Try one when you get home from the market; you’ll see what we mean!

Cherries are ripe when their stems are slightly green, with plump, not shriveled skins. When the stems are fully brown, cherries should be eaten right away for optimum taste and texture. To store, leave the stems on and place them in an unsealed bag or container in the refrigerator. Wash, stem and pit before eating. Should you decide to freeze cherries, refer to this helpful guide from the Universityof Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. For canning instructions, please follow this link to the Colorado State University Extension.

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