Washington Fruit Growers, a marketer of fresh apples, pears and cherries in the Pacific Northwest, and Gilbert Orchards, a grower-packer-shipper of apples and grower of cherries in Washington State, announced a new partnership today.
With Washington cherries on the way, Stemilt is expecting much greater volume this year.
From the first spears poking up, to picking and packing, Washington State’s 2023 asparagus season is underway. Consumers can expect the harvest in stores starting this week, carrying into mid-to late-June.
The U.S. Apple Association’s Board of Directors met this morning with White House policy staff at the White House to discuss critical issues impacting the apple industry.
The full crop is projected to be 108.7 million standard forty-pound boxes of fresh apples, a 11.1% decrease from 2021’s 122.3 million boxes. However, emerging varieties and organic production continue to grow in importance as a share of the overall crop, reflecting increased consumer preference.
Washington State’s family farmers and packers are readying for the 2022 season with their fresh, vibrant asparagus available at regional supermarkets, farmers markets and restaurants this week, into June.
President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for the same role in his administration.
The wildfires have been dangerous and deadly in Washington, but thus far, they have not slowed down the harvesting and packing of apples and pears.