Produce is a huge gamble anyway, especially east of the Cascades. Because of late frosts this year and last year, there were lower than normal cherry and pear crops in the Columbia River Gorge. That means fewer workers spending money at places like Safeway and K-Mart.
Yakima has always seemd rough to me anyway. There always seems to be a lot of gang activity there. Growing up, we were always told of thugs that would hid under people's cars at the mall downtown and wait for people to open their car, slash their ankle and steal the car. That was not in Seattle or Portland, but in Yakima.
I would never do it because I have never liked Yakima, but others go there and fall in love.
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