Shipping & Ordering Information

Quality Comes First!

At King Orchards, quality comes first! We only ship the highest quality products offering the highest quality customer service.

Shipping Information

$11.99 Flat Rate Shipping – Free Shipping Over $99*

*This offer excludes Bulk Fruit Concentrates, Fresh Fruit, and Frozen Cherries. Only applies to Continental United States.

Delivery Time

Due to COVID-19, we are currently experiencing shipping delays. Our flat rate/free shipping option will either deliver UPS, USPS, or FEDEX depending on the most economical route. If one of these options does not fit your needs, shoot us an email or give us a phone call.

USPS Estimated Delivery Times
UPS Estimated Delivery Times
FEDEX Estimated Delivery Times

This is a product we ship year ’round, however it is MUCH more economical during the winter months. During the dead of winter (January), we are comfortable shipping most frozen cherry packages via UPS Ground other than states with 3-4 day transit times.

You can look at what your Ground Shipping delivery time is here. April – October, we only ship Next Day Air. Yes, we are flexible and there are some exceptions, but, we really try to stick to this rule especially to warmer states.

PRO TIP: Put it in your calendar and stock up on frozen cherries in December or January. You will save a lot on shipping by ordering in the winter AND you will save on both shipping and the cherries themselves by ordering in larger quantities.

MICHIGAN/CHICAGO ADVANTAGE: We can ship Ground UPS year ’round since it arrives in 1 day! Give us a call in the summer to order since we do pull them from our website at this time.

Frozen Montmorency Tart Cherries:

This is the “typical” pie cherry. These cherries are bright red in color and tart in flavor. Montmorency tart cherries oxidize and parish very quickly so, unless you pick them on the farm, this is the best way to get “fresh” Montmorency tart cherries.

Canned Montmorency tart cherries in water are also a very good option, especially in the summer when shipping frozen cherries is expensive.

Frozen Balaton Tart Cherries:

Balaton tart cherries are slightly sweeter, more firm, and darker in color than a Montmorency tart cherry. These are a very good cherry to eat out of hand, add to smoothies, and still work well in a pie.

 

 

How Do We Ship Our Fruit?

As much as we wish we could ship all of our fresh fruit nationwide, we have only perfected fresh sweet cherry shipping, fresh Balaton tart cherry shipping, and fresh apple shipping.

Shipping Fresh Sweet Cherries:

Growing Black Sweet Cherries has always been an intricate part of our business, however shipping them has taken many years to perfect. We harvest sweet cherries in July but have found there tends to be only one week of shipping (which boils down to a 1-2 day window since we ship at the beginning of the week to ensure they get there before the weekend).

We ship these cherries in a Styrofoam cooler box, unwashed with the pits still in. Variety and size do differ from year to year but we can always guarantee they are the highest quality cherries of the season.

Shipping Balaton Tart Cherries:

Michigan is known as the Cherry Capital of the World because of our tart cherries. As much as we would love to, we are unable to ship fresh Montmorency tart cherries due to oxidation issues (they oxidize in less than 24 hours).

We have found a tart cherry that does ship well; the Balaton tart cherry. It is slightly firmer and darker in color than a Montmorency tart cherry which allows it to be shipped. They still do not have a very long cooler life (about 2 weeks) but it does provide a good option for someone who wants a fresh tart cherry.

These are shipped unwashed, pit still intact in a Styrofoam cooler box.

Shipping Fresh Michigan Apples:

Our little corner in Michigan is known for growing some of the best apples in the country. Our warm fall days and cool nights add sweetness and crunch to our apples that is rare to come by. Honeycrisp are our specialty.

We ship apples in a padded, foam box that prevent the delicate apples from bruising while shipping. Each “layer” holds 18 apples. We typically ship apples from September – December.

Apple Shipping

Our little corner in Michigan is known for growing some of the best apples in the country. Our warm fall days and cool nights add sweetness and crunch to our apples that is rare to come by. Honeycrisp are our specialty.

We ship apples in a padded, foam box that prevent the delicate apples from bruising while shipping. Each “layer” holds 18 apples (approximately 1 peck). We typically ship apples from September – December.

We try to ship apples at the beginning of the week so they arrive within that same week. This is a product we offer our flat rate/free shipping on within the Continental United States (except for California since you cannot ship fresh fruit there).