Cherry lovers flooded the streets of Polson for the second day on Sunday. The sights and sounds of the Polson Main Street Cherry Festival took over downtown, with cherry farmers selling their fruit, and vendors showing off their cherry-related gear.
NBC Montana took a moment to catch up with the folks at the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Cooperative, to find out how this year’s harvest is shaping up. Turns out, farmers are just now starting to pick their earlier varieties, and the season is about to get into full swing.
“It attracts the tourists, and while it may not be the biggest financial industry in Montana, it’s an important one because everybody loves cherries,” said Ken Edgington, who serves on the board of directors for the co-op.
Edgington says this season’s harvest will be a good one if harsh weather doesn’t show up soon. He estimates that Flathead growers harvest between three and four million pounds of cherries per year.