Washington’s Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued Up This Season
By Anna King
Northwest sweet cherry growers say this season they'll likely pick their third-largest haul ever. That's 20-million boxes full. But there’s plenty that can happen to cherries even the day of harvest.
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah grow about two-thirds of the nation’s sweet cherries. And this year demand should be even higher for those candy-like fruit. That’s because of dismal cherry growing weather in California. The continuing drought in that state and poor pollination has thinned out their crops.
Up here, cherry-growing weather has been better. James Michael is with the Northwest Cherry Growers. He says there could be cherries on store shelves clear into August.
James Michael: “Our growers in our latest districts in Oregon and northern Washington as well, are just finishing up with bloom. So that really lends to a nice long season.”
Northwest cherries will make it to stores as long as there are no close-to-harvest rains. Water puddles near the fruit’s stem and can split the fruit. The orbs of goodness should start hitting stores in early June.
Photo: Northwest cherries, file photo by Anna King.