Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gem County Harvest

Cherries are on at Walker Fruit Ranch

Emmett--Bryce Walker's fruit ranch is in the middle of one of the best cherry seasons ever. Last year a late season freeze cut the harvest to just 20-percent of normal, this year Walker says he will harvest five times more cherries than last year.

The ranch offers U pick, fresh pack, and specialties like jam. Walker's daughter Laurel Whittemore and husband Travis are doing a lot of the picking this year with the kids Jacob and Hailey manning the family fruit stand. They Walkers raise mostly bings and some rainer variety...The Walkers report cherries are plentiful and available into July.

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