Cherry Season in Tri-Cities
PASCO, Wash. -- The cherry picking season is in full swing and many farmers are out in full force. One local farmer said this could be one of his best years ever for cherries.
Denny Hayden says you have to be passionate to grow cherries. Hayden says, "It's great when things go good weatherwise, a disaster when they don't."
And unlike last year, Denny says things are going great. His workers are picking pounds of cherries and he says he is being able to pick them at the right time, making for a very good crops.
Each cherry is picked by hand, then moved by tractor to a semi-truck, and halled to Hayden's warehouse. The cherries are then shipped all over the world. Hayden says they aren't available for long but they are very popular.
Hayden says, "They're good to eat, they're good to sell. The grocery stores love them. There's nothing negative about cherries."
Hayden says different cherries are picked at different times of the year. Right now, he is in the middle of picking Bings but soon he will be in Rainier season. This time of year, he says the work never stops.
He says, "If we're not workin', we don't get paid."Hayden says everyone gets excited for cherry season. And after bad weather took a chunk out of last year's crop, this year's cherries are looking very sweet.