Sweet cherries being harvested in the north county

OROVILLE – Cherry harvest is underway in the North Okanogan with Lapins and Rainiers the main varieties being picked right now.

“We haven’t reached the peak of harvest yet, but probably will by Friday,” said Greg Moser, Manager of Gold Digger Apples, Inc. “When the cherries hit their peak we will probably be picking for six to seven days at that plateau.”

Moser said the quality of the cherries is looking good, despite some unwanted rainfall.

“We have had very minimal damage due to splits from the rain. I think it has been minimal due to a combination of cooler weather and the cherries not being as advanced as they normally would be this time of year,” Moser said.

The growers’ cooperative has about 400 people working the harvest right now between workers in the orchard and the packing facility, according to Moser.

After the Lapins and Rainiers are harvested the next varieties to come to maturity will be the Skeenas and Sweethearts, Moser said.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.