923 Sweet Cherries

Commodity Regulated: Sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington
Crop Shipping Season: June through August
Fiscal Year: April 1 through March 31

Production Area(s): The counties of Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima, and Klickitat in the State of Washington and all counties in Washington lying east thereof.

Order Authority and Regulations

The marketing order authorizes quality regulations, research and promotion programs, as well as markings, pack, and container regulations for sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington.  The order took effect in 1957. View the full regulation.

  • Quality Regulations:  The marketing order authorizes grade, size, quality, and maturity regulations to maintain quality for sweet cherries shipped to consumers.

  • Research and Promotion: The order also provides authority for marketing research and development projects, none are currently in effect.

  • Markings, pack and container regulations:  The marketing order authorizes regulations on the markings or labeling, size, capacity, and weight of the containers used to ship sweet cherries to market.

Committee Structure: The Washington Cherry Marketing Committee administers the order on a local basis. The committee is comprised of 16 members. Ten members are producers (four from District 1 and six from District 2), and six members are handlers (two from District 1 and three from District 2). Each member has one alternate. Members serve a 2-year term of office that begins April 1. One-half of the members and alternates are elected each year. Producer members are nominated at producer nomination meetings. Handler members are nominated at handler nomination meetings. View a list of members & alternates


B.J. Thurlby, Manager, Washington Cherry Marketing Committee
105 South 18th Street, #205
Yakima, Washington 98901
Phone: (509) 453-4837
FAX: (509) 453-4880

USDA/AMS Contact

Director, Market Development Division
Specialty Crops Program, Agricultural Marketing Service
Phone: (202) 720-8085