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In Search of Organic

In Search of Organic

Looking for Washington State certified organic farm fresh fruit and produce in the Yakima Valley? Yakima County, with 90 certified organic farms, is the county with the most certified organic farms* in Washington State and the largest variety of crops grown in the Pacific Northwest. Family owned farms sell organic produce at fruit stands located on their land. Listed below are those open to the public growing organic apples, pears, peppers, corn, melons, grapes, tomatoes, winter squash, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, apricots. You will also find grass fed beef, pork, chicken and farm fresh eggs.  

Washington Fruit Place at Barretts Orchards 1209 Pecks Canyon Road. Yakima, WA 98908.  Barrett Orchards has been offering organic cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines apples and pears for the last 5 years. In the fall, pick up organic grown Cameo and Goldens as well as Asian D’anjou and Bosc pears. The kids will enjoy the harvest hay rides, pumpkins, cider squeeze and hay maze during the Harvest Festival every weekend in October. This is the place to pick up sugar pumpkins for those homemade holiday pies. The big Red Barn is filled with country themed gift delights and your place to pick up Husky and Coug items. Enjoy homemade Winegar's Ice Cream and more in the indoor or outdoor seating area. In the spring come out to the Cherry Festival with the whole family for u-pick cherries and the interpretative walk through the Cherry Orchard.

Jones Farms Inc. 2020 Thacker Road Granger WA 98932. This fruit stand is located on the family farm, Dennis Jones and his family are the second generation of Jones' growing organic fruit. They have always believed in the less chemicals used the better for you. The organic crops grown on the 147.94 acres are: Pears; Bartlett. Apples; the newest variety Envy, plus Fuji, Gingergold, Granny Smith, Jazz, Mollygold, Pacific Rose, Fuji. Look for their fresh organic cherries next year starting in June. Cherries; Benton, Bing, Rainier, Chelan, Early Robin, Index, Lapin, Regina, Royal Anne, Vans. Bring the kids in the fall to enjoy the hay maze and walk thru the orchard to the duck pond.

The Jones Family also brings their products to a second fruit stand in Yakima at 6710 Tieton Drive.  They offer other fruit and produce which are not designated organic, such as many varieties of peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, watermelon, peppers, pumpkins, and numerous varieties of squash. These can be found listed here along with the harvest dates.

Krueger Family Peppers and Produce Inc. 462 Knight Lane Wapato WA 98951 Grown on 49.25 acres are these organic crops: corn, garlic, grapes, grapes (non-bearing), concord, melons, mixed vegetable seeds, mixed vegetables, peppers, tomatoes, winter squash. This family farm has been growing quality produce in the Yakima Valley since 1937. They offer upick organic produce as well as an incredible variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables including over 100 varieties of hot and sweet peppers, Ghost pepper and other specialty extra hots, 15+ varieties of tomatoes, including heirloom, 10+  varieties of melons/watermelon, 10+ varieties of winter squash, eggplant, green beans, juice grapes (Concord and Early Campbell), onions, garlic and much more.  They also provide conventional onions, apples, potatoes, pears, peaches and nectarines throughout the season.

McIlrath Family Farms Fruit Stand is located two miles west of Yakima on Highway 12 at the stoplight on the way to White Pass Scenic Byway. Scott and Esther McIlrath began farming in the Yakima Valley in 1976 and now have over 200 acres in production, growing over 10 varieties of apples, pears, and certified organic cherries. They grow organic apricots (June) and sweet cherries Bing, Rainier, Sweetheart, Lapin, Lambert, Glory, Van, and Sunset Bing cherries (July) on 9 acres. Other fall non-organic crops offered at the fruit stand are pears; Asian, Anjou, Bosc. Apples; Gala Honeycrisp, Gravenstein, Golden Delicious. Pumpkins are available in October and huge selection of Christmas trees and wreaths in December. For a complete listing of all products including those that are not organic. Click here.

Bill's Berry Farm  3674 N. Co. Line Rd. Grandview WA 98930 Organic Acreage in Production: 8.5 Organic Crops: Blackberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries. The late season thornless raspberry, Joan J has large firm berries with very good flavor. They are easy to pick and will last the longest fresh of all raspberry varieties. The fall bearing Josephine offers a sweet summer treat clear into October, with a berry that has excellent size and firmness with very good flavor. Frozen Organic Blueberries, 4lb gallon/$16. Frozen Organic Blackberries or Raspberries, 3lb gallon/$15. Bring the whole family for the Apple and Pumpkins Fesitval, the last two Saturdays in September and the first four Friday/Saturday weekends in October. Check out the schedule of special guests and events. Enjoy Apple Cider Donuts all through the month September with the Barnyard Train, hayrides to the field, and a visit to the animal farm!

Baron Farms 3141 W. Wapato Rd. Wapato, WA 98951. Baron Farms is a diversified highly sustainable family farm. They raise grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured brown egg laying chickens, pastured meat chickens, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and a fresh produce CSA.

 *Happy Washington Organic Week, Sept. 12-19, 2015. WSDA’s Organic Food Program is the oldest and largest state certification program in the country in recognition of all the producers, processors, handlers and retailers who make us a leading state. Thanks!

Information on Certified Organic Producers Excerpt from Washington State Department of Agriculture

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