Things are looking sweet and optimistic this year for cherry growers!

It looks like this season will prove to be sweet instead of sour for cherry growers.

Harvest has kicked off in California and is on the horizon for the northwest.

First-round estimates for this year’s crop stand at nearly 2.1 million twenty-pound boxes, that is approximately 12% higher than last year. The President of the Northwest Cherry Growers says that as long as the weather cooperates in the next month, growers are excited for harvest in June.

“I just got off the phone with one of my bigger growers and he said he couldn’t have painted a better crop on the trees. He said, this is, this thing looks perfect. He said, six to eight, nine tons to the acre, depending on what orchard you’re in, and he said the fruits going to size. He goes, ‘This is lining up to be a really good one,’” B.J. Thurlby states.

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