Yes, it’s early in the season, but the strawberries are ready and so are some of the early cherries. In Oliver, of course.
Oliver has a slightly more desert-like climate and thus fruit tends to ripen a few weeks earlier than it does in Penticton. So, if you want to pick your own cherries, take a short drive out to Oliver. You can usually get them for about $1.50 per pound.
There are many places in Oliver you can find cherries right now. if you don’t want to pick them they are at all the fruit stands in around town. But if you do want to pick your own, just drive toward town and you will see the signs for U-PICK.
Between roughly June 20th and July 15th, as you drive down the highway from just before Oliver and all the way into Osoyoos, you will see many opportunities to pick your own cherries. Picking cherries does take a little more time, but it can be an enjoyable experience. You get to sample different trees, choose the ones you want to pick from, and pick as much as you need and/or want for a much cheaper price than you will find in the grocery store.
If you are not in the mood for picking your own cherries, you will find them at pretty much every fruit stand you stop at. Don’t miss out!
Strawberries were a bit late this year because of the mild spring we had. They need a few days of sunshine to sweeten up a bit, and that is what we have been experiencing for the last few days around here.
Covert Farms in Oliver has ripe strawberries ready for picking. They are easy to find, turn right just before you get into town. They are open in the summers every day except Tuesdays. They are quite a nice sized operation and most of what they do is organic. As the season progresses they will have more vegetables and more types of fruit available. And wine. They have a bit of wine as well.
There is also a much smaller place in Okanagan Falls that has some strawberries ready at the moment. They are only open Fridays and Sundays:
“Our farm is open for U-pick strawberries between 9:30am and 4:30pm. Please come visit us at 1644 Highway 97, Okanagan Falls (1km south of Tickleberries).”