Behind On Fourth Of July Products
I know it is still a month away but the Fourth of July is a big target for a lot of producers when it comes to things like cherries, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. The industries use the target date to make sure they have ample supplies of these and other products in the stores for the major holiday of the summer and with the Fourth being on a Friday this year it will be very important as many people will try and extend the holiday into the weekend. We have already heard that even though California cherries were limited this year that the northwest crop looks like it should be able to pick up the slack as harvest gets underway in earnest this week. For those that like strawberries and blueberries, one major supplier expects to be sourcing most if not all of its blueberries for the Fourth of July from here in the Pacific Northwest. They also expect a big boost in Northwest production this year, following similar increases in its Chilean and California programs. And of course everyone loves an ice cold watermelon on the Fourth. Georgia melons got a bit of a late start due to cool, wet weather during planting but reports from Hermiston, Oregon are showing ample supplies for here in the northwest. They might grow them bigger elsewhere but they taste so much sweeter here in the northwest. So all in all it looks like we should have a great selection of some of the northwests finest fruits for this coming July 4th holiday. Enjoy.
That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.