Washington state raspberry crop in much better shape than last two years

Get ready, raspberry lovers!
Harvest is underway and the crop is in much better shape compared to the last few seasons.

“I wouldn’t consider it, overall, an outstanding crop, but compared to the last two years, which were down significantly, what we see this year is probably back to the old standard of normal, which is a lot of berries and so we’re grateful for that. No question,” according to Mark van Mersbergen with the Washington Red Raspberry Commission.

He says that a big key to the crop’s success has been the weather.

“The weather’s been actually very good. We had those couple of days that it got into the 80s, but a couple of days in the 80s doesn’t bother us. It’s anything sustained for a period of time that gets to be an issue,” he adds. “We haven’t had any of that this year. So, it’s been, harvest so far, has gone quite uneventful which is a good thing.”

Washington state holds around 98% of the frozen red raspberry industry.

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