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Local Farms Let the Public Pick Their Own Fruit

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Naches, Wash.-- If you like saving money, and picking your own produce, you are in the right place.

During the summer, you can participate in U-Pick programs happening all over Central Washington.

Every summer hundreds of people make their way to local farms across the valley to pick some of the freshest fruit around.

Sunday was the last chance for cherries after a rough season with summer rains and high winds, but there was still a good turnout.

"We offer cherries for U-Pick every year.  It's one of those things in some years the U-Pickers are good to us, and some years we have to be good to the U-Pickers," John Thompson from Thompson's Farm Market said.

He owns Thompson's Farm Market and said it has only helped business.

"It also is great for the u-pickers themselves.  You save money by picking your own produce," Thompson said.  This year, cherries ran for $1.50 per pound at the market.

More than 700 people came to pick cherries at the farm this year, bringing them closer to food they would normally go to the store and buy.

"We try and make those people come into the valley, get a good taste of the valley and send them home with a smile on their face and a dollar in my pocket," Thompson said.

One U-Picker said his family has been coming to Thompson Farms for more than 38 years to pick cherries.

Peach and Apricot season starts in August, and Thompson's Farm and Market will have the U-Pick program going on through out the summer while there is still produce available.