"Yes, Virginia, Door County has cherries to sell!"
The Wisconsin Cherry Growers would like to announce that even though this year’s cherry crop is much lower than usual, Door County cherries are available for purchase this season. “We originally anticipated a crop of 500,000 pounds out of a potential 12,000,000 pounds,” commented Terry Sorenson, President of the Wisconsin Cherry Growers, Inc. “That number now looks to exceed 700,000 pounds. This allows for plenty of cherries for the local farm markets.” Unseasonably warm temperatures in March left many tree fruit growers in Northeast Wisconsin with buds that were so advanced that it was impossible to expect that all could have survived the normal freezing temperatures of April. Damage arrived in late March when trees were exposed to a wind freeze while at a very sensitive stage, which led to the reduced crop size. Tart cherry harvest will begin this week for the most part – earlier than normal. Sweet cherries are already on the market.
Visitors to Door County can be assured that that local farm markets will be fully stocked with cherries and some pick-your-own orchards will be open for business. “Cherry season is here,” added Sorenson. “It may be a little briefer than usual, but it’s here!”
For more information on Door County cherries, including a map of growers visit www.wisconsincherries.org
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