We love our Marionberries and our farmers!
Marionberries! We love our Marionberries! Oregon Growers is proud of the growers and farmers we work with. We want to introduce, Dave Dunn, the Field Manager for Willamette Valley Fruit Co. He is standing with their Marionberry canes at G&C Farms. Marionberries are one of the many different berries we purchase from them. You can find, Dave and the Willamette Valley Fruit Co. busy, hard at work on a rural road, deep in the beautiful farming country outside of Salem, Oregon.
What makes the Willamette Valley Fruit Co. different? Their plant is Food Alliance Certified, which verifies sustainability and responsible environmental practices. The health of their plants, soil, air, and everyone they work with is of great value to them. In addition to growing a lot of their own fruit, they are committed to supporting local farms, because the local quality is excellent! They are very relationship oriented and have a great community of growers. The Gerald Roth family, who is the founding family, has been growing berries locally in Salem for three generations. David Dunn was actually with them at the start, and has been in the food industry for his entire career. What began in 1999 as a small cannery-style operation in a backyard warehouse has quickly turned into Willamette Valley Fruit Co. being one of the Northwest’s leading processors of high-quality berry products. They wash and freeze nearly 20 million pounds of fruit each summer! Now that’s A LOT of fruit! Willamette Valley Fruit Co. is not a cooperative, but they work closely with additional 20-30 local growers each year in order to supply all of their markets. Most of those growers are in a 10 mile radius. You can’t get any more local than that!
To find out more about Willamette Valley Fruit Co, you can visit http://www.wvpie.com/. Oregon Growers wouldn’t be Oregon Growers without our local farmers. We tip our hats to them for all the hard work they do. This is what makes our products taste so sweet!
Don’t know what a Marionberry is?? Stay tuned for the next addition of “Notes from the Field” to find out where these little gems come from!