Based on this year’s cherry bloom, Wenatchee, Wash.-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expects a good season.
“It’s a big bloom,” Scott Marboe, the company’s marketing director, said in a news release.
The first blossoms occurred in late March, he said.
“Those are in the earliest districts in the southeast corner of the state, and the bloom has moved northward without any real weather issues,” Marboe said in the release. “Warm daytime temperatures have been great, and our nights for the most part have been cold but not damaging cold.”
Cherries from Oneonta Starr’s earliest districts could begin shipping the first week of June, Marboe said. Volumes should follow by mid-June, with excellent promotional opportunities for the Fourth of July.
Oneonta Starr expects higher volumes, with 2 million cartons of red varieties likely. Rainier production also is expected to be up.
“We’ve increased our production again for 2013, with more acreage coming in to production from earlier plantings,” he said. “We also have some newer early varieties that replaced some of our older trees, and they’re starting to ramp up this year.”