The cherry tree that produced these buds is approximately 70 years old. It is located in the Yakima valley of Washington State. Because of the long growing season and rich soil in the valley, the area is the nation’s top producer of apples, hops and mint. Cherries grown statewide are third in the country for cherry production.
This particular tree does not produce as it once did. Years ago the fruit grew in such dense clusters, it took little time to fill our gallon cooler just before heading back over the Cascades to Western Washington. And even with all the people who came to pick cherries from this tree, much of the crop remained unharvested after the season was over.