Chukar Cherries

Chukar Cherries all started when the Montgomery family sold their business and purchased a cherry tree orchard. Pam Montgomery had discovered that many cherries went unpicked after harvest. This allowed the natural sugars to build until the fruit dried on the branch.
On impulse one day Pam ate a few of the shriveled cherries. They were chewy, naturally sweet, and delicious. Pam began to glean cherries and fabricated a dryer from window screens.
In 1988 Chukar opened a cherry drying facility and storefront in the small town of Prosser, Washington. Enthusiastic customers fueled growth and in 1992 Chukar launched a second store in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Their third store in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, WA opened in July of 2012.

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