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Local Concord Grape Growers Producing High Quality Juice This Year

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GRANDVIEW, WA.--If you're a big fan of Welch's Grape Juice, this might just be your year.

Tim Grow is a third generation Welch's farmer.

"I harvest now grapes that I helped when I was a child my grandfather pick, and I harvest grapes that my father planted and I harvest grapes that I planted," said Grow.

Grow is one of the 300 farmers in the state producing Concord grapes for Welch's. He said the big company depends on family-owned businesses like his, particularly in the Northwest. Grow said Washington generally harvests the most tons of Concord grapes per acre.

"I personally harvest about 120 tons a night for about four weeks," said Grow.

According to the National Grape Cooperative, this year's crop is up about 15 percent. They'll take 325,000 tons of Concord and Niagara grapes this year compared to the 288,000 ton average they've seen for the past six years.

The Grandview farmer said Welch's success becomes his success as well, and Grow's product will be sold all around the world.

"It markets our grapes not only in the United States, but around the world," said Grow. "So we're opening markets and doing some good things with that. I'm really pretty positive about the Concord grape business and have enjoyed it over the years."

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