Monthly Orchard Reports
March was the month of growth. Our orchards are undergoing a transition from blossoms to crop sets. In contrast to last year, the trend for size is on the rise. Walking through the orchards we are seeing the color of the fruit shift from green to yellow/straw. Based off our observations, we foresee that harvest will start at the end of April.
The beginning of the month was off to an early start. The first bloom sighted was on February 5th, putting our bees straight to work. This first bloom points us in the direction of an early harvest.
At the end of the month, parts of our region experienced a freeze event with temperatures as low as 27 degrees. As a result, we are very fortunate that our cherry orchards only had minimal pockets of damage.
Coming into the New Year, we experienced a great winter season of chill. The state ended this month in very dry conditions, but we are fortunate to have some of the oldest water rights in the state to supply our orchards. We look forward to the prospects of a productive cherry season.