Entries in 2013 season (11)


Thank you for a great 2013 season!


As the season comes to an end, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support this summer.

We would also like to thank Chelan Fruit for packing the cherry and Chelan Fresh for selling the Orondo Ruby. We are already looking forward to next year! 

Cheers to another great cherry season. Thank you again!


Meet Joel Reed, Orchardist

Growing up on a grain and cattle farm in Davenport, WA, Joel Reed always knew that he wanted to be a farmer. In 1994, with an Agricultural Economics degree from Washington State University to his name, Joel and his soon-to-be wife moved to the Wenatchee Valley. A year later, Joel found himself in the position of Orchard Manager for Clennon Orchards - a position he still holds today.

For Joel, a typical day in the orchard means getting up early to get the crew going, checking in at the office and from there, that’s about as typical as it gets. Running an orchard is exciting, as Joel very well knows, because each day is different - always something new, always something interesting.

Being a part of the fruit growing community in Wenatchee Valley is a humbling experience, as there is always an opportunity to learn from other growers in the area. The continual pursuit of his own growth also found Joel graduating from the MBA program at the WSU Extension in the Tri Cities.

It’s not all fruit, studying and work for Joel. He loves spending time with his wife and two girls, skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. As Joel and his family know, Wenatchee is great for growing fruit and for playing in the outdoors - it’s a great place to call home.

This summer, if you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy our delicious Orondo Ruby cherries, Joel Reed played a large part bringing them to your table. From Joel and the rest of the Orondo Ruby family, we wish you all the very best during this summer season. Enjoy!



Orchard Photos, July 2013


Here are a few photos from a recent trip to the Wenatchee Orchard where we're busy wrapping up another great season. Such a beautiful place! 


Recent Orondo Ruby Tasting Event

As the Orondo Ruby season is winding down, last week we had our annual Orondo Ruby tasting event at the Tumbleweed Shop & Studio in Wenatchee, Washington. Attendees enjoyed the Orondo Ruby in a delicious salsa, fresh salad and paired with a sharp cheddar cheese. To top off the evening, the Orondo Ruby was put to a taste test against Bings and Rainiers. Again this year, the Orondo Ruby came out on top!

We look forward to sharing the Ruby with you all again next year.


Pictured: Cameron Clennon, Hazel Clennon (newest member of the Orondo Ruby family) and Cory Wray


Demand high for Orondo Ruby, a cherry with snap

Article by Dan Wheat, Capital Press, July 5, 2013

"I've been in the industry all my life and it's not every day you find something like this," said Griggs, 68. "You're probably lucky if you find one in a lifetime."

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