Orchard Report

  • 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.

    Olives - Lodi Blooms is expanding into growing Olive Trees for Olive Oil. The industry has been rewarded with a bountiful crop here in California, a relief from a down year in 2018.

    Our own olive oil production is a few years away and in anticipation, we have established a relationship with a premier partner to supply our brand with high-quality olive oil and cherry Balsamic Vinegar that meets the quality and flavor I trust for the Lodi Blooms brand. They have specially bottled their delicious Taggiasca variety olive oil. It has fantastic richness, hardly any bitterness, and elegant notes of almonds, pine nuts, and just a touch of spice at the finish. Perfect as a finishing oil for seafood or vegetables, without overpowering their taste.

    We look forward to seeing you in the orchard in the spring! - James Chinchiolo, 4th Generation Farmer

    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