When talking about fruit we don’t joke around. Our fruit is held to the highest standard possible while still staying true to our humble beginnings dating back to the 1930’s.
“We grow a healthy food product – apples, pears, cherries and stone fruit. Washington has the best growing conditions for these products in the world, and Starr Ranch Growers will continue to grow at a pace that keeps up with the industry in all phases – packing, new varieties, new orchards, new equipment.”
Dark Sweet and Rainier Cherries
As one of the premier grower/shippers of sweet Northwest cherries, Starr Ranch Growers’ moves more than 2.5 million cartons of the delicious fruit each year. Because our orchards are strategically located in this region, we’re able to ship early, starting in the Mattawa area of Washington state. We also extend our cherry season with later fruit coming out of Odell, OR.
Our history as a leading Northwest apple shipper goes all the way back to 1934, when our founder, Paul Thomas, and his family formed Oneonta Trading Corporation in Wenatchee and became the first exporter of Washington apples.
Well, times have changed, but our pioneering spirit has not. We’ve expanded significantly both in physical size and in marketing reach since those early years and now, as an award-winning leader in Washington tree fruit, proudly pack and ship apples from more than 4,000 acres in production.
Did you know that Oregon and Washington produce 84 percent of the nation’s fresh pear crop?
Today, Diamond Starr Growers and Starr Ranch labels are found on more than 2.5 million cartons of pears annually, with Starr Ranch Growers marketing approximately 14 percent of the nation’s pear crop.
With the stone fruit expertise of the Gilbert family, whose ties to the fertile Yakima Valley go back well over 100 years, Starr Ranch Growers offers the absolute best in apricots, peaches, nectarines, white-flesh nectarines, pluots and Italian prunes every summer.
For more than four generations, the Gilberts have grown stone fruit, refining and perfecting their methods. Today they are the second-largest stone fruit grower in the state of Washington, producing a half million boxes of fruit every year.