• Line built specially for Rainiers

Line built specially for Rainiers

  • October 1st, 2014

Chelan Fruit Cooperative, one of the largest packers of Rainier cherries in Washington State, built a new packing facility this year that was specially designed to handle the delicate yellow cherry variety.

Chelan Fruit, which has 300 grower members, was set to pack about 9,500 tons of cherries this year, [...]

  • Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor

Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor

  • October 1st, 2014

Northwest Cherry Growers and two Chinese online retailers, Fruitday and Tmall, have received Asia Fruit Logistica’s Marketing Campaign of the Year Award for their joint promotion of Northwest cherries last season.

Consumers ordered cherries via Tmall’s online platform and received them within 48 to 72 hours. Around 200 tons of [...]

  • In The Box: The joy of harvest

In The Box: The joy of harvest

  • August 27th, 2014

Cherry growers Bob and Carol Brown say it’s a joy to see the smiles on the faces of these unbelievably hard-working Rainier cherry crew members.

Camden Wheatcroft, 19, is from Wenatchee and attends the University of Washington, where he plans to major in chemical or electrical engineering.

Casey Boullioun, 35, has [...]

  • NW cherry crop breaks record

NW cherry crop breaks record

  • August 7th, 2014

For Northwest cherry growers, the season has been quick to harvest and has now reached a record-breaking volume, blowing through 23 million boxes shipped.

Northwest Cherry Growers reported today the previous season-ending record of 22.96 million, 20-pound equivalent boxes, set in 2012, was surpassed this week with crops still being [...]

  • David Alvarez, Young Grower from Prosser, Washington

David Alvarez, Young Grower from Prosser, Washington

  • July 29th, 2014

age / 28
crops / Organic cherries and apples
title / Farm manager
business / Adolfo Alvarez Farm David works with his father, Adolfo, and his uncles.
education / Graduated from Prosser High School and learned from his family on one of the largest organic cherry orchards in the [...]

Herald visits Sea-Tac to watch cherries fly to China

  • July 23rd, 2014

The Yakima Herald-Republic’s Ross Courtney visited Sea-Tac airport to watch cherries from the Yakima and Wenatchee areas get loaded for fast delivery aboard a China Eastern Airlines 777 cargo plane.

Courtney wrote:
Cherries sure mean a lot of work at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, just like they do in the [...]

  • Grab and go packaging: Cup o’ Cherries

Grab and go packaging: Cup o’ Cherries

  • July 18th, 2014

Chelan Fresh Marketing has introduced a new consumer pack of cherries designed for snacking on the go.

The package, called Cup o’ Cherries, resembles a lidded coffee cup. The lid, however, has a cherry-sized hole, allowing the consumer to tip a cherry into the mouth, and a nifty compartment with [...]

  • Fourth cherry residue test results are available

Fourth cherry residue test results are available

  • July 14th, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has conducted a trial to provide the Northwest cherry industry basic information about residues of commonly used pesticides.

These studies are intended to help growers and consultants make more informed pest decisions with respect to concerns about Maximum Residue [...]

Tips on video from the 2014 Cherry Institute sessions

  • July 6th, 2014

Three short videos highlighting tips for tree-fruit growers from the 2014 Cherry Institute in Yakima, Washington.

Editor’s note: the sound quality for these videos provided to Good Fruit Grower is less than ideal.

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Tips to manage cherry powdery mildew
Dr. Gary Grove provides tips for growers to better manage cherry [...]