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Cherry Season Running Late this Year

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Cherry season is running late this year.

Sunday at the Farmer's Market in Yakima, there were only 2 farmers that were able to bring their cherries.

Traditionally the season runs from the first week of June until the end of August making this season about two weeks late.

Farmers say that because of the cold weather the cherries are not able to ripen, and then the late rain can cause them to crack. Chelan cherries have just begun ripening and because of the late start, Rainer, Bing, and other varieties will be late as well.

"The weathers been pretty poor for growing weather. I mean it's been cold at night, not that warm during the day and everything is really really slow," said Tim Calhoun of Calhoun Family Fruit.

KNC Farms and Calhoun Family Fruit say that because the season is starting late this year prices for the crop will be higher than normal to make up for lost time. They do stress that the quality of the cherries will not be affected.