Apples Pears Cherries Blueberries

Our Story

A FAMILY
OF FAMILIES

The family-owned and operated farms that sell fruit under the Rainier label have been honing their craft for generations. Long before we grew to one of the largest suppliers of apples, cherries, pears, and blueberries in the United States, we were simply chasing the American dream of many pioneers. Many of our ranches are now being managed by the fourth, fifth, or even sixth generation. It’s hard to believe that some of our land was being farmed before Washington State was admitted to the Union!

Though not all of us qualify as blood relations, we are most certainly family by association- connected by a common philosophy. We are fueled by a united effort to grow, pack, and ship the best, most flavorful fruit. We know that working together helps us all succeed. And like most families, our bond often extends past the workday- we vacation together, lend a hand or a hammer when it’s needed, and support each others’ families in the community.

One could say the American Dream has become a reality for us.

 

Since 1888

History – OLD

QUALITY FRUIT SINCE 1888.

Rainier Fruit Company is now one of the largest growers of fresh apples, pears, cherries and blueberries in the United States, but we started from humble beginnings. The roots of our company date back to 1888 when our ancestors moved to Washington from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and started growing apples on a small parcel in Selah, WA. Since then, we have steadily grown with the dedication of their descendants whose commitment to quality is the rootstock for producing the finest apples, pears and cherries anywhere in the world.

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The Zirkle Family, circa 1900

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Vintage Rainier Fruit apple box label

Farming – OLD

GROWING THE FINEST.

We have the pleasure of growing some of Mother Nature’s most wholesome and delicious creations, and it is our duty to deliver them to market in the most natural way possible. From the selection of growing sites to the careful hand-picking of our fruit, every decision we make is to produce the premium quality fruit you have come to know and love.

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Golden Delicious orchard

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Columbia Reach Orchard (CRO) outside Wenatchee, Wash.

Our Commitment – OLD

Respect for our planet and people.

We’ve depended on our land to provide our livelihood for over one hundred years and intend to continue for many more to come. As such, ensuring a healthy future for our earth is paramount. Our primary responsibility as good stewards is to grow the finest quality fruit, using the natural resources entrusted to us, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. We farm in a way that shows our respect for the land, pride in our product, and a commitment to our community and employees.

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Will keeps our sustainability efforts on track.

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Ladybugs are a natural way to control pests.

COMMUNITY

Giving back to the people who make us possible.

The support of our community has been instrumental to our success, and we are honored to reciprocate whenever possible. Outside of supplying wholesome food for families around the planet, investing in our area is one of the most important and rewarding ways we can make a positive impact in our world.

We proudly support the following organizations as well as many others: YMCA ASPIRE Mentor program, Relay for Life, Selah Community Days, Union Gospel Mission, Operation Harvest, and Toys 4 Tots.

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Selah Community Days

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YWCA Kids’ Day at Pegasus Project

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