This year, the Pacific Northwest cherry crop is the smallest in 14 years. This in part due to a spring snowstorm. The smaller-than-usual fruit harvest happened largely because Oregon and Washington were hit with a severe winter storm on April 14, during the region’s cherry blossom bloom.
B.J. Thurlby, the president of both the Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherries, said a snow event during the cherry bloom has not happened before. “The crop should finish up at 130,000 tons going to the fresh market,” Thurlby stated.
“A normal crop is 210,000 tons going to the fresh market. While the state fruit commission cannot comment on market prices, fewer cherries will be available on the market, with the Northwest being one of the largest exporters in the nation.”