Entries in 2014 season (6)


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!



Meet Char Smith, Plant Manager


Ask Char Smith how long she’s been in the fruit business and the answer is quite simple, “My entire life”. A member of the Grigg’s family, Char brings 5 generations of fruit industry experience to her role as Plant Manager for the Chelan Fruit Company. While Char has worked for a short period outside the fruit industry, she came back to her family's roots. It's simple, for the Griggs family, growing fruit is just what they do.  

Transitions are a large part of the fruit growing business - typically marked by the seasons. Right now, Char’s plant is preparing for the transition from apples to the soon to be harvested Orondo Ruby cherry.

Forever keeping an eye on color and quality, Char’s attention to detail is the perfect match for this beautiful, sweet and unique cherry. Quality is something the Griggs family has been known for for a very long time.

Through each harvest season, Char’s hustling packing facility is filled with activity, yet very far from normal. In short, there is no such thing as a normal day - part of what Char enjoys about her job.  

When not packing fruit, Char spends time with her family. These days, it seems as though each waking hour is spent lovingly watching her kids play soccer. As Char puts it, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

We’re thankful for Char’s watchful eye as the Orondo Ruby gets packed for it’s trip to a local store, and ultimately to your table. We’re counting the final days to the 2014 cherry harvest. Here’s to another wonderful year of cherries!



Update from the Orchard (May)

With the spring bloom behind us, we now anxiously await the arrival of this season's Orondo Rubies and continue to make preparations in the orchard for our upcoming harvest. 

The sunny, warm weather of central Washington is perfect for growing cherries. One method we use to help capture the sun’s growing power is by laying down a white, reflective cloth material to help bounce more sunshine into the trees, and more importantly, onto the cherries. This practice not only helps the cherries to grow, but also ensures they are the bright beautiful red color you’ve come to know and love about the Orondo Ruby.

The clock is ticking and soon we’ll all be enjoying another season of Orondo Ruby cherries. We can't wait!



Orondo variety volume up for 2014

Article in Fresh Plaza, May 8, 2014

"US: NW cherry crop expected to reach between 20-21 million boxes

Enthusiasm is running high at Chelan Fresh Marketing in Chelan, WA, with the start of 2014's cherry season just weeks away. According to Marketing Director Mac Riggan, early shipments will start on June 10, and the season is expected to run through mid-August.

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Seattle Magazine's 3rd Annual Food Establishment List: The National Impact Edition

Article in Seattle Magazine, April 2014

"Meet the 45 people, collectives and companies that put Seattle in the national food atlas

Chelan Fresh represents the beautiful Orondo Ruby, a new variety of cherry found in the orchards of Marcus Griggs near Orondo. The Ruby is an early yellow cherry with full red blush and super sweet in taste. A signal to all of us that summer has begun!

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