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Going to Cherry College with Stemilt’s Kyle Mathison

With more than a month left in cherry harvest season in Washington state, The Packer’s Tom Karst caught up with a busy Kyle Mathison, fourth-generation grower with Stemilt Growers on July 16. 

Fresh veg sales at retail up 16% from year-ago levels

Retail sales of fresh vegetables continue to significantly exceed 2019 as many consumers continue to eat more meals at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Produce sales for Fourth of July week 9% higher than 2019

Fresh produce dollar sales for the biggest holiday week of the summer totaled $1.54 billion, up 9% from 2019.

Congdon Orchards to supply Sage Fruit

Congdon Orchards Inc., Yakima, Wash., is now a supplier of Washington apples, pears and cherries to Sage Fruit Co., starting Aug. 1.

Father’s Day weekend boosts produce sales growth past 15%

Fresh produce dollar sales growth over 2019 topped 15% in the third week of June, boosted by Father’s Day weekend, with vegetables experiencing sales growth of more than 20%.

Summer favorites stack PMG top 20

Cucumbers knocked honeydew melons off the top spot on PMG the week of June 22, while peaches hung on to No. 2 and okra moved up a place to No. 3.

Citrus, grapes, berries lead fruit COVID-19 losses in California

California farms, ranches and agricultural business will lose between $5.9 billion and $8.6 billion in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study commissioned by ag groups.

Retail produce sales remain elevated, but growth slows

Fresh produce dollar sales growth fell below 10% for the first time in nearly two months as the timing of Father’s Day produced unfavorable sales comparisons for some items.

Honeydew hangs on to No. 1 on PMG

Honeydew melons maintained their No. 1 spot on PMG the week of June 15, while peaches and oranges shuffled to No. 2 and No. 3.

Conversations at United — Brianna Shales with Stemilt

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers has been talking with virtual booth visitors at United Fresh Live! about its cherries, its Rave apples and its stone fruit.