Here’s a news release from Skagit County’s Sakuma Brothers about its decision not to open its u-pick and market stand this season:
Sakuma Family Businesses today announced that for the 2015 harvest season, they will not be opening their U-pick fields and Market Stand in Burlington. Sakuma Bros. has been a valued member of the Skagit Valley community since 1935, and has been run by four generations of the Sakuma Family.
“This year, we need to focus on our core business of providing fantastic berries to our partners,” said Danny Weeden, President and CEO of Sakuma Bros. “This was a very difficult decision for us. We know that many people enjoy the market stand, and we really enjoy meeting with customers and engaging with the community. We hope to bring it back in the near future.”
Sakuma Bros. has decided to focus on their core business of providing the best berries to their partners, and through them, to their customers. Additionally, in an effort to attract and retain the best workers, and to lead the way in fair wages in agriculture, Sakuma Bros. has implemented a new pay structure. The new system will pay harvest pickers an hourly rate of $10/hour plus a production bonus based on the number of pounds picked. For strawberries and blueberries, the production bonus will be up to a maximum of $17 per hour in addition to the hourly rate, meaning that workers can potentially earn up to $27 per hour.
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Over the years, the company has grown to include farms, a nursery operation and a processing and packing facility. Sakuma Bros. is known for growing some of the finest strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and apples.
For more information about Sakuma Brother Family Businesses, please visit http://sakumabros.com/.