Orchard makes final preps for Fox visit
YAKIMA, Wash. - Final preparations are already underway here at "G and G Orchards."
In less than 24 hours, Mexico's President, Vicente Fox, will be touring the orchard and the owners here can hardly contain their excitement.
"We're so excited," said Rene Garcia. "We're very, very honored to represent the Yakima Valley."
Garcia and his wife, Carmen, have owned "G and G Orchards" for about 32 years, which contains about 800 acres of apple, cherry and pear trees.
They are considered to be the only Hispanic packing plant in the state.
However, Fox's visit isn't just about tours and speeches, it's about business, said Garcia.
"We'd like to talk about trade and getting our apples into Mexico duty free," Garcia said.
Right now Garcia pays about $4 a box to send his apples to Mexico and it's starting to cost him a lot of money, he said. He believes it has something to do with the Chihuahua growers in Mexico.
"The Chihuahua growers do not want our fruit because we're competing with their growers," Garcia said.
Either way, Garcia believes Fox's visit will be beneficial, not only for his business, but for the Latinos in the Yakima Valley.