All in all, crops were heavily impacted by the unpredictable weather patterns across the west coast throughout 2023. Sensitive crops like cherries are susceptible to all sorts of variables, especially weather, so this year’s cherry season has been just as difficult to predict as the weather. What’s different about this cherry season? California had a record-setting cold and wet spring, pushing its cherry season back nearly three weeks. But once the season began, it was clear it would be extremely abundant.
There are usually only a few days of overlap between California’s cherry season and Washington and Oregon’s seasons. This year, there were weeks of overlap. Multiple regional cherry farmers have stated that, due to California’s large yield, packing companies have been denying fruit that they usually accept. The glut of cherries led to higher and higher standards of cherry, so packing companies have been calling more and more out.