Cherry growers report encouraging start

Barring any future adverse weather such as rain and hail, the state's cherry season is off to a good start, with quality fruit and decent volumes, according to California growers and packers.

 

Harvest has been ramping up in the southern and central San Joaquin Valley, which provides the market with much of the early-season fruit. A spike in temperatures last week accelerated fruit ripening, allowing more cherries to be picked.

 

Tulare County grower Doug Phillips, who also runs a shipping and packing operation in Visalia, said being able to pick fruit earlier allows him to get in on the Mother's Day market, as major retailers promote cherries ahead of the May 14 holiday.

 

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