A Guide to Oregon’s Seasonal Fruits

Posted by Poole Team on May 22, 2019
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In Oregon, late Spring through Summer and Fall is a beautiful time. Trees start blossoming and then produce some of the sweetest, most delicious fruits. And you can’t forget the berries! Oh, the berries! They are absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Pacific Northwesterners flock to their favorite small towns to participate in the blossom festivals and take their pick from the fruits offered by family farms like ours. It’s one of our absolute favorite things- to be part of the Spring and Summer days that people remember for years to come; recalling their experiences picking cherries at our farm or sharing boxes of fresh fruit with their families during their family reunions, 4th of July parties, and so on.

The key to experiencing these life-long memories is knowing when you can expect the various Oregon fruits to be ready for picking or pick-up. Here’s a little guide to keep you in the loop on when you can expect certain Oregon fruits to be ripe! Different farms specialize in different fruits (and there is an excellent variety!), so we’ll just highlight the fruit grown by us or by our like-minded partner farmers.

The Berries

Strawberries

Our season always starts with strawberries, making an appearance in late May or early June. They usually come in two waves during the Summer, with the second harvest coming typically in early August. If you’re a strawberries connoisseur and like particular varieties, you’ll see us carrying Tillamook’s, Totem’s, Albion’s, Puget Crimson’s, and other varieties depending on their availability.

Blueberries

Blueberries usually make their appearance around mid-June and stick around until about mid-August. Different varieties make their appearance at different times, and throughout the season you’ll see us carrying Bluecrop, Blueray, Duke, Elliot, Jersey, Legacy, Liberty, and more.

Blackberries

Forget foraging for your own blackberries and risking those nasty little pricks and scratches they leave, and grab yourself a box of fresh blackberries already picked for you. They usually make an appearance in early July and are only around for about a month or so, wrapping up their season typically in early August. Our varieties typically include Triple Crown, Kotata, Columbia Star, Silvan, Black Diamond, and Obsidian.

Marionberries

Native to the Willamette Valley, marionberries are somewhat of a delicacy. They have a rich flavor unique in themselves. They’re especially ideal for jam lovers and pie bakers! You’ll find these yummy beauties make an appearance in mid-July and wrap up their season around mid-August, along with their blackberry counterparts.

Boysenberries

Although they may have a rep for not looking very pretty, boysenberries have a uniquely fantastic taste to them. Food & Wine’s flavor profile on boysenberries says: “Unsurprisingly, the boysenberry tastes a lot like a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry. It has the juicy intensity of a blackberry, the sweet, floral character of a raspberry and a little bit more of a tang than either of its parents.” They usually make an appearance late July through early August.

The Cherries

Cherries happen to be a staple at Poole Family Farms, partly because we grow an incredible amount of them, but also because they are just so darn delicious! They can be eaten fresh or used in recipes (we recommend our “seconds”** for this purpose). We offer two types of cherries: Darks and Rainier.

Dark Cherries

Available mid-June to late August, dark cherries are those beautiful red cherries you’re probably most used to seeing around. We carry many varieties that typically include: 

  • Chelan
  • Santina
  • Bing 
  • Lapins
  • Black Pearl
  • Regina
  • Skeena
  • Tieton
  • Van
  • Lambert

Rainier Cherries

Rainier cherries are commonly confused as “unripe” dark cherries, but they are actually ripe and sweet to the taste when they are yellow with hints of red on their skins. They are typically available from mid-June to mid-August and are a great addition to any Summer party.

Stone Fruits

We offer a variety of Oregon stone fruit favorites throughout the season, including apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums. You just can’t beat farm fresh stone fruits. If you have yet to try some, we highly suggest you give them a shot this Summer! Apricots are available in June; Peaches are available July through September; Nectarines are available August through September, and Plums are usually only around in September.

Apples & Pears

Oregon apples and pears dominate the late Summer months through December. Pears are typically available late August through September, depending on variety and availability. Apples like to hang around for a while, making their appearance in late August and sticking around until December (perfect for baking during the holiday season!). You can see all the varieties of pears and apples we offer on our Fresh Produce page.

Let us know which kinds of fruits you’re interested in and which location you’d like to pick up fruit from by filling out our contact form! We’ll make sure you don’t miss a beat and are notified when a sale is in your chosen location (and we’ll even inform you of special deals!).

** “Seconds” are cherries that have been sorted out of our farm fresh and grocery store products due to minor blemishes, color variation, and sizing issues. But they are excellent for eating fresh, baking, freezing, or preserving. At nearly half price, if you are looking to stock up, seconds are the way to go!

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