In 2015 and 2016, the Pacific Northwest experienced warmer than normal spring temperatures, which led to late May harvesting of the fruit. However, for this 2017 season, due to cool spring temperatures, and bloom that occurred in mid-April, the cherry harvest will begin in early to mid-June.
“Although it’s a little later than last year, the cherry crop looks good so far,” says Steve Kuebler, of the Yakima, Wa.-based Sage Fruit Co. “It’s still early, but we anticipate a sizeable crop this season, and we’ll likely begin harvesting around the 8th or 9th of June.”
Range of sizes
In addition to good sizing for retail partners, bloom from district to district in Washington and Oregon was nicely spread out, which should lead to orderly harvest and consistent supply.
As demand for cherries remains consistent, grocers can anticipate carrying the Northwest crop through late August, he adds.
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Sage Fruit Co.