Thursday
Jul242014

Thank you for a great 2014 season!

As the Orondo Ruby season comes to an end, we want to take a moment to thank you. With support from loyal customers like you, this season has been a success! We want to welcome our new customers and thank those that have been with us since the beginning. We appreciate all of your positive emails and comments you have sent throughout the season. Each time we hear from you, it makes our day. For example:

Bought your cherries yesterday at Kroger, in Franklin, IN. Just wanted to say that you have the best cherries I have ever eaten.  Soooooo  good and sweet. ~ Mary M.

I found your cherries this past weekend @ Wal-Mart. I have been dying for some cherries and stumbled upon yours. Let me just say that I am HOOKED!!!  By far, hands down, these are the BEST cherries I have ever eaten. Thank you for producing such a great product. You have a lifelong customer. ~Mariah F.

We also would like to thank Chelan Fruit and Chelan Fresh for packing and selling the Orondo Ruby and our retail partners for making the Orondo Ruby available in their stores.

Cheers to another great cherry season! We are already looking forward to next year!


 

Wednesday
Jul162014

Tracking Down the Orondo Ruby Cherry

Tracking Down the Orondo Ruby Cherry by Real Food Traveler, July 2014

"...a cherry that is both sugar sweet and also tart."

Check out Real Food Travelers blog post about sending their veteran food/travel writer and RFT Ski & Dive Editor Yvette Cardozo to Orondo, Washington, find out what the story is about this new cherry that’s making waves around the country. How do they taste? Can you cook with them? Are they really worth all the buzz?

Read the full article

 

Tuesday
Jul152014

Orondo Ruby Cherries: Big, Complex Flavor by Real Food Traveler

Orondo Ruby Cherries: Big Complex Flavor by Real Food Traveler, July 2014

"Well, summer just got a bit sweeter with Orondo Ruby Cherries..."

Check out Real Food Travelers blog post about a blind taste test where the Orondo Ruby stands up to Bing and Rainers!

Read the full article

 

Thursday
Jul102014

Orondo Ruby Bliss by Sarah Murphy-Kangas

Orondo Ruby Bliss by Sarah Murphy-Kangas, In Praise of Leftovers, July 3, 2014

"This time of year, I always find myself so thankful for farmers and so in awe of all the work, care, and risk that puts such bounty on my table."

Check out Sarah's blog post about her trip to Wenatchee. She's also posted a recipe for a delicious salad featuring the Orondo Ruby.

Read the full article & recipe

 

Wednesday
Jul092014

Meet Cam Clennon - Utility Player

 

It seems as though every organization has a utility player - a member of the team that dabbles in a little bit of everything. Meet Cam Clennon, the Orondo Ruby team member who is equal parts analyst, equal parts operations, and equal parts “we need some of this” person.

As analyst, during harvest season Cam pays close attention to the production of each block of trees. The data collected during harvest is integral to understanding the growth of our cherries, and how to improve each block in seasons ahead. An abundance of information is also critical to the development of next season’s projections - a painstaking task led by Cam each year.

Despite the number crunching, you’ll also find Cam with his “boots on the ground” at the packing shed, or out in the orchard. From helping out with packing, shipping and other orchard operations, Cam earns his utility title with earnest.

Cam’s depth in the Orondo Ruby cherry business also suits him perfectly as a liason between the marketing side of the house and the growing and operation side of things. Bridging the gap between the two can at times be more art than science - something Cam is perfectly suited for.

When not in the orchard or in the office, Cam enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and soon to arrive baby boy. Whether it’s camping, boating or spending time in Chelan with family, Cam enjoys the recharge of taking advantage of family time.

Growing cherries is a diverse, challenging and rewarding work experience. Cam’s diverse skill set and fun-loving personality is a valuable part of our team. We all love what we do; growing Orondo Ruby cherries for all of our great customers. Thanks for being a part of our adventure. Cheers to summer! Cheers to Orondo Ruby cherries!