Posted by: cosmicgarden | July 20, 2009

Flathead Cherry Festival in Polson this weekend

 

“The sweet cherry harvest should get under way in earnest in about a week,” said Dale Nelson, president of Flathead Lake Cherry Growers. 

Usually, the Polson area ripens first and then works north.  The crop is expected to be about two and a half million pounds, which is a little above average.     

Growers are holding their breath, hoping for favorable weather. Rain can cause the cherries to split and extreme heat stresses the trees when they have a crop on them.         

The cherries will be picked, hauled to the cherry plant on Finley Point, hydro-cooled, put into cold storage, loaded onto trucks and sent to Selah, Washington where they are packed and sent to stores.

Flathead Cherry Festival in Polson this weekend – Montana’s News Station – Fair. Accurate. To the Point. –

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