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U-Pick Farm Prepares For Holiday Weekend As Cherry Season Begins

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NACHES, Wash. - Cherry season is at its peak and you can find many roadside stands with fresh fruit but these days few growers let customers walk into the orchard and pick their own.

On Sundays people come to Downtown Yakima for fresh fruit at the farmers market.  But while the produce may be fresh, those looking to pick it themselves will have to go to places like Thompson's Farm in Naches, one of the few places that is still a U-Pick farm.

They have been around for over 100 years and a gearing up for a big Fourth of July weekend where they expect a lot of people to take part in U-Pick. 

John Thompson is the owner of the farm.  He says the advantage of U-Pick is that you are in control of what you take home from start to finish.

"People want to buy a good, clean product so that way they're pickin' it, it's their hands that are pickin' it and they know where it came from," he said. 

It is "you pick it, you buy it," at the farm but they encourage people to taste the cherries before they pick. 

They are inviting people to come by all this weekend starting Friday.  The best time is in the mornings but they have people on the farm all day.

While this season's crop is looking like it will be different from the past year, farmers promise you will still get some good tasting fruit.

"Size is a big factor this year," said Johnson.  "I think you are gonna find cherries are gonna run a couple sizes smaller than they would have been a normal year but they are still great cherries, they're still sweet, you just get more per pound."

Thompson's Farm is located in the northeast corner of Naches.  You can find them by heading west on Hwy 12 and turning onto Shafer Ave.  For more information, call (509)949-3450.