Stemilt "moon cherry" packing begins - The Packer

Stemilt "moon cherry" packing begins

08/06/2013 02:28:00 AM
Chris Koger

Stemilt cherriesStemilt Growers has started packing cherries from co-owner Kyle Mathison's Amigos Orchards, promoted as Half Mile Closer to the Moon because the trees are between 2,800-3,200 feet above sea level, near Wenatchee, Wash.

It's the second year for the program, but the first for the "moon cherries" to be packed in a distinctive pouch bag. A quick-response code on the bag directs consumers to the company's website, where more information is available on the cherries, and the company's "Kyle's Pick" program, which highlights cherries grown on Stemilt Hill and Amigos Orchards.

The cherries, Sweetheart, Skeena and Staccato varieties, will be available through mid-August, according to a news release. The season at Amigos Orchards usually extends into late August or September, but cherry harvests in Washington kicked off early this year because of an early bloom and higher temperatures, according to the release.

"The size, flavors, and quality of these late-season cherries will leave a lasting impression on shoppers, and we wanted the bag these cherries come in to emulate that," Stemilt marketing director Roger Pepperl said in the release."

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