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Cherry festival in Sunnyvale this weekend

The pits will be flying this weekend in Sunnyvale, as C.J. Olson Cherries holds the annual cherry festival that has heralded the start of summer for the past 20 years. The big bing celebration takes place at the historic stand at 348 W. El Camino Real on Saturday and Sunday. Longtime fans know that there’ll […]

Make a pit stop in Sunnyvale for this weekend’s cherry festival

The 19th annual Cherry Festival is this weekend at C.J. Olson’s historic stand on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale, promising plenty of juice-stained faces and spit pits for everyone. Deborah Olson will be giving tours of her family’s cherry orchard, and there will be live music and cherry-related fun both Saturday and Sunday, including cherry […]

It’s cherry festival weekend in Sunnyvale

We’re in the thick of cherry season and that means it’s time for the annual cherry festival this weekend at C.J. Olson’s historic stand in Sunnyvale. This is the 18th annual Olson’s Cherry Festival, though the family has been selling fruit since 1899. All the familiar activities will be taking place Saturday and Sunday from […]

C.J. Olson Cherries: An Iconic Silicon Valley Fruit Stand

Long before Google or Apple came to Silicon Valley, there was C.J. Olson Cherries. This family-owned fruit stand has been right here on El Camino Real in the heart of the valley since 1899, serving first as a way station for Spanish missionaries and later for tech moguls. After visiting their clapboard store front myself, […]

Narsai David Review: Cherries

(KCBS) – An 8-row cherry is a lot bigger than a 12-row cherry. KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David explains it’s been the tradition to count how many cherries were lined up in row in packing boxes. So an 8-row cherry is more than an inch in diameter. The quality of cherries is really […]

Cherries jubilee

Cherries, Sunnyvale and the Olson family. Since 1899, all three of these things have been linked together. And despite urbanization, other family farms in the area disappearing and basically an entire city being built up around them, the link between these three doesn’t look to be broken anytime soon. You see, when your last name […]

Olson’s fruit stand a slice of Sunnyvale’s past

As Deborah Olson tells it, lightning ripped through the sky in Sunnyvale on Labor Day 1999 as construction crews bulldozed her family’s cherry orchard, a 16-acre farm that had stood on the corner of El Camino Real and Mathilda Avenue since 1919. After the heavy equipment was finished, all that remained was a fruit stand, […]

CJ Olson Cherries – Store & Cherry Festival, Sunnyvale

CJ Olson Cherries is still owned by the same family, Deborah Olson, is the 4th generation. The land it’s on & where the Border’s & other other stores are owned by them. Inside the small shop they have cherries. They grow Rainier & Bing so it’s a good idea to buy from them. The season […]

Sunnyvale’s last cherry orchard yields

Crop yields have been in the pits, causing Sunnyvale’s cherry orchards to disappear one by one. Now the last one may soon be uprooted by apartments. The Olson family, owner of the C.J. Olson Cherries orchard, is weeks away from closing negotiations with an undisclosed developer. Target Stores had been negotiating for the site at […]