With June's rainfall totals in the valley surpassing all time highs, folks might have to wait a few more days for those famous Flathead cherries.
Point Caroline Orchards in Lakeside say their orchard had an early bloom in May, but the deluge of rain and steady, cool days slowed the crop by about four days. Orchards all around the lake are hoping the weather stays clear for the next three weeks. Should a steady rain occur, followed by bright sun, the potential for cherry splitting is very high.
Still, owner Louise Swanberg assures cherry enthusiasts that the lake will have a cherry boom this year.
"Washington season is a whole month earlier," said Swanberg, "and so they bring over their 2nd and 3rd class cherries to sell the tail ends to beat us in the market. But their 2nd and 3rd class cherries don't compare to Montana cherries. A Lambert is a better tasting cherry. Those are our hit cherries and they don't grow them!"
Point Caroline Orchard will be setting up their Cherry Haus stand starting this Saturday, but you can also check out a variety of other orchards at the Flathead Cherry Festival in Polson this weekend.