Late Season Cherry Availability Still Strong

August is here, but the northern district of Central Washington Cherry Season continues to produce a very good volume of high-quality cherries. Tim Evans, Sales Director at Chelan Fresh remarked “the cherries that are coming off the tree now eat as well as we can remember and are definitely larger than normal.” These cherries are not just large, but really a jumbo size with the majority of the crop peaking on a 9 row cherry and larger. The Chelan Fresh growers are continuing to produce consistent daily volume for the next 10 days. According to Evans “We are changing things up a bit and have a new Gold Prize™ pack available for domestic markets. These are jumbo cherries in a unique loose carton. Retailers are creating big displays of these beautiful cherries and the eye-catching carton. There is still good volume for US retailers to get the peak of season dollars at the register, especially with the new Gold Prize™ cherry pack.” The Chelan Fresh Cherry team is available for all of your late season cherry needs. 509-682-4252.

Early Season Pears

The NW Pear harvest is just around the corner, with an expected crop that will be slightly smaller than last season. Growing conditions in the NW have been ideal through the summer so in spite of the smaller numbers, the crop is expected to be very high quality this season.   Bartlett pears with their beautiful yellow skin and sweet, juicy flavor will be available by the third week of August. The Bartlett pear is iconic as a late summer into fall favorite. After the Bartlett pears are picked then come the Starkrimson and Red Bartlett pears in late August followed by D’Anjou, Bosc and Red Anjou by late September.

Chef Meg Raines has put together the perfect recipes to feature pears at breakfast, in sandwiches, salads, desserts and decorating you can click here for all your pear inspiration.

Chelan Fresh can meet all your pear needs with our 2lb and 3lb variety specific pouch bags as well as bulk offerings. Call our Chelan Fresh team for more info about featuring Chelan Fresh pears in your store. 509-682-4252

Meet the Intern – Adam Smith

Every summer Chelan Fresh employs up to 5 interns in our Sales office. Our summer internships help students gain invaluable experience in an office environment while also gaining skills to thrive in the fast-paced sales world. Adam Smith is an intern this summer at Chelan Fresh and we are excited to see all the exciting places he will go in the future.

Chelan Fresh (CF): Where are you from?
Adam Smith (AS): Hamilton, Montana

CF: What school are you attending?
AS: Brigham Young University, Provo

CF: What is your major?
AS: Global Supply Chain and Spanish

CF: What skills do you want to gain from this experience?
AS: I spent time in the fruit industry in Chile and am now enjoying learning more about the industry in Washington. Hopefully in the future I can be of some help in international sales.

CF: What are your goals after graduation?
AS: My goal is to get to work first. I would like to do some work with Chile again. Eventually, after getting some experience for the next few years, I would like to apply to the Wharton or Stanford MBA program. I want to get MY OWN DOG at some point. And a wife too, probably.

CF: What extracurriculars are you involved in and why?
AS: I volunteer regularly for the LDS church and a food bank because I like it. I run a small production company and am in the process of finishing a documentary on the Venezuelan refugee crisis. We took down donated first aid kits and hospital supplies to the border. I play pick up rugby in Provo. I’m part of the BYU service club, Yserve. I got into rock climbing this year, it gives me a huge sense of achievement (even though I’m not that good yet). I got my private pilots license a few years back, I love it to death, but I’m a poor college kid so I don’t get up as much as I thought.

CF: What are you most passionate about learning — personally or professionally — and why?
AS: I’m most passionate about relationships, communication, and stories. My favorite part about the documentary was finding the right people, figuring out their story, and understanding it well enough to communicate that to others. I loved going down to Chile because it was a matter of building relationships and tearing down barriers. I think healthy buyer-supplier relationships are key to helping people in large quantities and in lasting ways.

CF: Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
AS: Who wouldn’t love this place? The lake is awesome. You’re close to some ski resorts for the winter. The Ruby Theater is great. I like to wake up and see orchards all over. The night sky is clear. Mexican food. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed the team here. I care a lot about who I surround myself with, and living here I could do that with good people.

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