We did asparagus. Cherries are all but done. Our few peaches are probably still coming off trees, and I’m sure some orchardists are picking pears out there.
But the big daddy still looms on our seasonal crop horizon — the fruit that dominates our state’s agriculture and the one with which our state dominates the rest of the world.
Apples. (Dare I call them iconic?)
Don’t think for a second it’s too early to think about apples. All other produce this year reached harvest early due to our warm spring this year. Apples will be no different.
Growers are calling for a huge crop, possibly another record. The last record was in 2012, when growers picked 129 million boxes.
We’re due any day now to find out for sure — well, at least officially. Nothing’s ever for sure in farming.
Officials with the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association plan to release their pre-harvest estimate at the end of this week or next week.