The majority of the worlds Marichino Cherries are grown and processed in Michigan on the Upper Peninsula. I have a friend in the business there.
More food for thought:
When I was a kid, 60's through 70's, The Silicone Valley was covered with orchards and farms. Covered from one end to the other. Now it's subdivisions and strip malls.
When I was a kid, Utah had a huge fresh fruit and canning industry in the area North of Salt Lake City (around Brigham City). That's gone in the same way. Ranchettes, strip malls and subdivisions.
The Salinas Valley was almost all fields raising 2 to 3 crops a year. If you eat lettuce, strawberries, carrots, brocolli, etc., at some point in the year, that's where it comes from. I was there in June and a lot of the fields had been turned into subdivisions. In fact they were running scrapers and dozers around the strawberry field behind my Moms house, making another subdivision.
Montana is no different, the valleys are being chopped into ever smaller ranchettes and trailer courts. The most productive and fertile land is being taken out of production.
Can you blame the farmer who can work his butt off for a living year in and year out, or he can subdivide or sell out and make a small fortune overnight? In turn, we're importing more and more of our food. Importing from places where we have no control over what the food is growing in, what is being sprayed on it, what it's being washed or canned in, and how it's being shipped. Wait 'til the bad guys figure that out. I fully favor country of origin labelling- I don't buy Chinese fruit cocktail!
And one last thing- watermelon really should have seeds!