HOW STEMILT CAME TO BE
Every business has a story centered around the people that make it go, and in our case, those people are a close-knit family with a rich farming heritage now entering its sixth generation. The Mathison family owns and operates Stemilt Growers and has been farming fruit since the early 1900s.
Based in Wenatchee, Washington, Stemilt is a leading tree fruit company that grows, packs, ships and markets fresh apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots to stores worldwide. We are proud to be a leading producer of organic fruits and sweet cherries.
Our company roots trace back to 1893, when the first generation of Mathisons homesteaded 160 acres on Stemilt Hill overlooking the Columbia River and town of Wenatchee, Washington. By 1914, the Mathisons began planting fruit orchards on Stemilt Hill.
In 1964, third-generation farmer Tom Mathison founded Stemilt Growers on the premise that consumers should have access to flavor-first fruit. A true pioneer, he sought better growing practices, built modern fruit packing and storage facilities, and was an early adopter in both organics and sustainable agriculture. Tom passed away in 2008, but his legacy continues to live on at Stemilt.
Today, Stemilt is still family-owned and operated. Tom’s grandson, West Mathison, leads the company as president, while Tom’s children, grandchildren and relatives continue their involvement as growers and employees. For going on six generations, the Mathison family has been committed to growing the best-tasting fruits for you and your family to enjoy.