Orchard Report

  • Cherry Crop Assessment After Brief Spring Storm

    Wet Cherries

    We are happy to report that we were lucky! The storm was brief and has been followed by light winds and breezes. This is exactly what we need in order to dry the water from these trees.

  • The 2020 U-Pick Cherry Season Has Officially Started!

    It’s here – the 2020 cherry season has officially arrived at our Lodi Blooms orchard! We are so pleased to share with you the fruits of our labor. The best tasting, most juicy, most plump cherries in California!

  • 2020 Cherry Season is Almost Here!

    The 2020 cherry growing season has thus far been very favorable! The winter chill provided our trees with the rest and dormancy needed to produce a beautiful bloom. This year, bloom started during a warm, dry period allowing the bees to pollinate the trees without struggle. We were fortunate to have relatively mild weather conditions throughout the growth cycle allowing the cherries to mature steadily yet quickly.

  • Time to Hunker Down & Some Holiday Shopping Ideas

    Cherries - At this time of year, our cherry trees are finishing the process of taking up the last of the nutrients from the soil. We've planted our cover crop and are kindly asking mother nature to provide us plenty of cold days and sufficient rain so that the trees can fully rest during the winter. To hold your taste buds until next year we have released our Cherry Balsamic Vinegar. A perfect complement for your holiday cooking.

    Lodi Blooms Orchard Oil

  • Cherry Season is Well Under Way!

    The season is well underway, and our Coral Champaign variety is in its prime and is being enjoyed by many! Come out right away to pick yours before the Corals become overripe. The warmer temperatures we are experiencing now will accelerate the maturity of all varieties. I expect the Bings and Tulares will be ready middle to late next week (June 5th through 8th). To enhance your U-Pick experience we have added Wednesday and are going to be open an hour earlier (9 am) on Saturday and Sunday. We added more parking, as well.

    We look forward to seeing you in the orchard soon!
    Mom and Daughter Picking
  • Sunny Days Ahead!

    The cherries are ripe, plump, sweet and ready to be picked.  We are SO ready to open and share the cherries with you all.  GRAND OPENING is this Friday from 11am to 5pm.  We will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

    Yes, the rain has presented us with a bit of a challenge.  To learn more watch what I had to say Monday during an interview with FOX40.


    Sun is Shining!

  • Rain Rain Go Away!

    We aren't going to let this crazy weather get us down! Yes, the cooler weather (rain) is going to push back our opening date a smidge, but that isn't stopping us from the excitement (or work) in the orchard.

    We are also hoping the rain does not cause damage to the cherries. Rain can cause cracking and we are hoping for wind and cool weather after the rain passes through to allow for the cherries to dry.

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We plan to open next Friday, 5/24, to the Public!!! 🍒 We will be open 11am to 5 pm. 

    Rain Go Away

  • Waiting for Deep Red!

    WOW!  Our family has been in the cherry industry for 4 generations, and this is the most abundant crop we have seen and cannot wait to invite you to enjoy them. We are patiently waiting for the cherries to turn a deep red (almost mahogany). We will evaluate maturity again on Monday (May 12th) and follow up with another harvest report shortly thereafter. Get excited! We are opening very soon!


  • Final Preparations Are Being Made

    At this time of year, we are seeing straw and blush colored cherries.  Watering and praying for dry weather (rain splits cherries) is consuming our minds.  We are so excited for a very bountiful crop and look forward to sharing it with you soon.

    Straw & Blush

  • Crop Set - it is looking good!

    At this time of year, we are starting to get really excited.  The cherry bloom jackets have fallen off and we are starting to get a clear picture of the what the crop may look like.  Lodi Blooms appears to have a really good crop and we expect that the cherries will be sweet, bountiful and beautiful.

    Crop Set

  • Sustainable Farming with Cover Crops

    At this time of the year, our cherry orchard cover crop is fully grown.  A cover crop is a plant that provides benefits to the environment and farmer but is not harvested.  Lodi Blooms plants a cover crop in fall to help open up the soil for winter rain and increase soil fertility.  Cover crops also provide a habitat for beneficial insects like bees.  Within the next week or two, the cover crop will be tilled back into the soil. - James Chinchiolo, Owner

    Cover Crop - Sustainable Farming

  • Full Bloom

    Thus far mother nature has dealt us a good set of cards.  The orchard is in full bloom now and we expect to start harvest in roughly 60 days (Mother's Day Weekend!). - James Chinchiolo, Owner

    Cherry Trees in Full Bloom