Michigan cherry farmers devastated by frost look overseas for help
KENT CO., Mich. -- The cherry devastation was so bad in Michigan that some farmers are actually having to go overseas, and even create a hybrid of fruits to stay in business.
In Kent County, H&W Fruit Farms usually produces 1 million pounds of cherries each year.
However, they lost so much this year, one of the farmers had to put in a call to Poland to order cherries.
He said it's the only way to keep hundreds of his workers employed.
"Some users in the US probably will not use that product. They say, 'No, we want U.S., or we won't do it.' Other users will say, 'We don't care; a cherry is a cherry," said farmer George Wright.
The farmers realize many won't pay for cherries right now because the price has doubled.
So one created a 50 / 50 mix with cranberries to sell at the original price.