KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- Members of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers co-op picked about 2.75 million pounds of the fruit this summer -- more than doubling last year's harvest.
Brian Campbell with the Selah, Wash.-based Monson Fruit Co., which processes, packs and ships the cherries, says last year's crop yielded 1.2 million pounds. He told the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell that market conditions in 2009 prevented all of the cherries grown in the Flathead Valley from being delivered to the warehouse.
While pleased with this year's crop, Campbell says it is far from the bumper crop of 4 million pounds harvested a few years ago.
Not all cherry growers in the valley are members of the co-op, so the total valley harvest this year exceeds 2.75 million pounds.
Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com
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