DOOR COUNTY (WKOW) -- Door County ranks among the country's top cherry producers, and in just a couple weeks, cherry blossoms will fill the peninsula's landscape.
Door County, often refereed to as "America's Cherryland" of "Cherryland USA", has more than 2,500 acres of orchards.
Jon Jarosh, Door County's director of communications, says those names come from back in the 1940's and 50's when Door County had more cherries than anywhere else in the country. "Cherryland USA" is still a name that welcomes visitors to the region at Door County Cherryland Airport.
Jarosh says Door County has ideal conditions for growing cherry trees for two primary reasons. He says the location of the peninsula help ward off early frost and ensure proper pollination in spring. Jarosh said Door County also sits atop several hundred feet of limestone, which helps feed the soil with nutrients.
According to Jarosh, Door County averages about eight to 12 million pounds of cherries every year.
Two years ago, the cherry industry took a hit, along with many other industries, because of the drought. In 2013, things we're looking up, and Jarosh thinks this year will be good for cherries.
"The blossoms are a little bit later than normal, but still not too late, probably another week, week and half left to go," Jarosh said. "But because of that, the chance of frost is really minimal. So I think we're looking to have really, really good harvest this year."
To learn more about Door County, and the cherry season, click here.
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