California cherry crop may be earlier, lighter - The Packer

California cherry crop may be earlier, lighter

04/08/2014 12:56:00 PM
Tom Burfield

It was too early to tell how the northern crop will fare, but he said the southern crop “is definitely lighter than last year.”

Fresno, Calif.-based Trinity Fruit Sales Co. will start picking fruit in the Arvin area the third week of April, said David White, president.

“Quality so far looks good,” he said April 4. “It looks like it will be a pretty clean crop.”

He expected to have plenty of cherries available for Memorial Day, May 26.

At Valhalla Sales & Marketing Co., Kingsburg, Calif., owner David Stone said his company will start to harvest the first week of May.

No one has a good handle on what this year’s volume will be industrywide, he said, but he does expect to see larger fruit if there is a lighter crop.

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