The Independence Day holiday is when Americans consume the greatest amount of fresh fruit and produce. Washington State is the nation’s largest sweet cherry producer and this June’s harvest tops the record setting harvest from June 2014.
Agriculture and food production account for $46 billion in annual sales, 13% of Washington State’s economy. With over 300 different crops grown in Washington, the top agricultural commodities are apples, wheat, potatoes, hay, cherries, grapes and pears. Positioned equidistant between Europe and Asia, Washington’s crops are easily exported worldwide.
Read more in The Seattle Times.