Washington and Oregon won’t be the only Western states shipping cherries between now and Labor Day.

Montana cherries expected by late July
                           Courtesy Domex Superfresh Growers

Three million pounds of cherries are expected this summer from Montana's Flathead Lake Valley.

Growers in northwestern Montana’s Flathead Lake Valley are expected to produce about 3 million pounds of cherries this summer, up from about 2 million pounds in 2008.

Beginning about July 22, the cherries will be picked and cooled before being shipped to Selah, Wash.-based Monson Fruit Co., where they will be packed.

The fruit will be distributed and marketed by Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers, according to a Domex news release.

Fruit is expected to ship into early September.

Sweetheart, lapin and lambert are the three are the three main cherry varieties grown in the Flathead Lake Valley.

Quality and size profile looked “great” in late June, Dale Nelson, president of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers cooperative, said in the release.