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Rain hurting cherry crops

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YAKIMA--Locally grown cherries are normally readily available by June, but not this year.

Sunday was not the best day to be out at the Yakima Farmer's Market as regular rain kept customers at home for much of the morning.

The rain the Yakima Valley has received is also taking its toll on local cherry crops.  Normally, three or four vendors sell cherries at the market this time of year, but Sunday there was only one, and they came from Mattawa.

A handful of other stands stayed home because of the rainy weather.

"I have like six produce people in the [farmer's] market," Don Eastridge, who runs the farmer's market, said.  "They'll start picking up here this next month once the weather straightens out a little bit."

Farmers need the weather to turn around in a hurry in order to have enough cherries available by Independence Day, typically the biggest time of the year for the fruit.

As for other produce at the market, six stands is around the normal amount of vendors at this point.

The cherry vendors from KTC farms brought 250 pounds of fruit to Yakima Sunday, and they did expect to sell it all by day's end.