In botany, stone fruits are known as drupes. The two types of stone fruit are freestone and clingstone.
Our stone fruit is grown primarily in southeastern Washington, where the mighty Columbia River meets two of its biggest tributaries, the Snake and Yakima Rivers. It’s here where four true growing seasons make it possible to grow large, flavorful peaches, nectarines, apricots, and plumcots.
It begins in the winter when cold temperatures put the trees into a deep sleep. This “resting state” allows the orchards to gain enough energy for the busy growing season ahead. Bloom occurs as early as March and allows us to get a closer look of the crop to come. Finally, long, hot summer days build the fruit’s sugars and size, while cool nights bring out their vibrant colors.
These ideal climate conditions get another boost from our natural farming methods. That’s right our entire crop of peaches and nectarines (and many of our apricots) are certified organic. Grown in balanced orchards and harvested only after they’ve fully ripened on the tree, our summer fruits have a truly unique flavor. Learn more about the stone fruit varieties we grow on the sidebar at left.