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Fruit stands open for business

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Naches, WASH.--

The fruit stands lining Highway 12 in Naches are now open and ready for business.

The colder temperatures have put local growers slightly behind schedule this year forcing some stands to wait until the end of June to open.

Several fruit stands sit at the base of two highway passes and are dependent on tourists. But thanks to our recent cool and rainy weather, business is off to a slow start.

"Our crop is ten days back because of the cool weather," said John Thompson owner of Thompson's Farm Market.  "We're hurting because of the fact that we've had a lot of cool weather.  It takes me till noon to get out of my flannel shirt.  So we need to get the weather warmed up to get the tourists on the road and get them over here."

Despite the weather, growers say the fruit is ready and there are plenty of cherries to sell. Traffic from tourists is expected to pick up around the Fourth of July weekend.