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Chelan Fresh's Tim Evans Details Outstanding Cherry Season


Overview of the Washington state cherry season by Tim Evans of Chelan Fresh, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.



Original published in AndNowUKnow on July 13, 2020

CHELAN, WA - I think we can all agree that this summer has truly been unlike any other we have ever experienced. At Chelan Fresh, this is primarily because of its standout cherry season. With skyrocketing demand driving prices higher by the day, Sales Manager Tim Evans recently sat down with me to divulge the details of this dynamic cherry season.

“The next 20 days are key for retail,” he told me. “We’ve seen unprecedented demand, which has been very positive. Our growers continue to pick strong volume, and the fruit is the best of season right now.

Volumes (in KG) of cherries from Washington state in the US market


Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

We’re also experiencing an anomaly for July pricing as it is the highest that I can remember in over a decade. There’s a nice balance between demand, production, and pricing and we’ve seen the average price in July rise on a daily basis.”

Prices (in USD) of cherries from Washington state in the US market


Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

Representing every growing region in Washington state, Chelan Fresh is currently producing peak volumes and expects the season to be wrapped up by the end of the first week of August. Frost in April and early May caused some issues with lower elevation crops, but Tim informed me that the current weather pattern has been absolutely ideal.

“Chelan is currently harvesting Skeena, Lapin, and Sweethearts,” Tim continued. “We’re hitting our stride on red cherry varieties and those three Canadian varieties, and they’ve produced strong crops with super high brix levels and firmness off the charts.”

The grower is also working to allocate more cherries to its export markets because the demand is extremely high and pricing is the best it’s been in several years. Both near and far, though, Chelan Fresh is ensuring that its customers receive top-of-the-line service.

“We start our season early and finish late, so it was necessary to build a grower network that supports our marketing programs. It’s taken a while to get there, but we’re really pleased with every growing district," said Tim. "We’ve filled in seasonal gaps by allowing our customers to get started early and then taking them all the way to the end.”

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