Life's More Than Just a Bowl of Cherries in The Dalles

October 18, 2016


If you live in The Dalles, OR, life isn’t just a bowl of cherries. It’s more like a cherry avalanche. The agricultural powerhouse located in the Columbia Gorge area is known for its delicious, sweet cherries and its rich history of domestic and international cherry production. It’s also the home of the annual Northwest Cherry Festival, which is held in April. If you’re a fan of the beautiful, healthy fruit, your friends at Go Storage Units are treating you with a little history lesson.

Cherries in The Dalles: A Sweet Story

In the 1600s, early American sellers brought cherries into the country by ship. Oregon’s cherry-flavored history began after 700 cherry rootlings were brought to the state by covered wagon. What later became the Oregon Cherry Growers farms now covers more than 2,500 acres. Plants are located along the Columbia River Gorge and in The Dalles and Salem. Dahle Orchards, a prominent grower located in The Dalles, was established in 1984 and now consists of 380 acres of pedestrian orchards. Several cherry varieties are grown in the area including favorites like Bing and Rainier cherries. Global demand and profitability of fresh cherries has increased greatly in the past few generations. The Dalles cherry growers now target export markets in Asia and Europe.

The Northwest Cherry Festival

The Dalles holds an extravagant festival every April to celebrate its rich agricultural heritage and the love of all things cherry. Needless to say, there are plenty of cherry samples and cherry products available, but there’s also plenty of non-edible fun at the Northwest Cherry Festival. The festivities include a huge parade, a classic car show, a 10k race, pony rides, go karts, live music by local bands and more. Whether you love cherries or you just want to have fun, it's an event that you won't want to miss.

Go Storage Units Makes Cherry Season Easier

If you’re an independent cherry farmer in The Dalles, OR, you need a place to store your spare farming equipment during the coming off-season. We have secure, clean storage units at prices you can afford. If you’re planning to can cherries or make cherry candy for holiday gifts, our mini storage options could keep your goodies from taking over your spare bedroom. Visit Go Storage Units for more details about our standard and climate-controlled storage units.

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