A bigger crop of Washington apples this year goes hand in hand with bigger volume of organic apples marketed by Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers of Wenatchee.
The company’s volume of organic apples is expected at more than 1 million cartons, according to a news release. The total volume of organic apples in the state has been estimated by industry sources at close to 10 million cartons, according to the release.
“We were late arrivers to the organic category, but we now have over 1.2 million cartons of apples,” Scott Marboe, director of marketing for Oneonta, said in the release. “We will have cherries next season and are also adding to our organic pear supply.”
Oneonta’s growers are experience excellent quality, a good range of sizes and big volume this year, according to the release. The company’s organic apples are shipped under the “Starr Ranch Organics” label and are moving out to strong domestic and export demand, according to Marboe.
Oneonta marketing representative Bruce Turner said in the release that the record-setting organic apple crop in Washington has been met with increased demand at retail.
“Retailers across the country are devoting more space to organics,” Turner said in the release, stating that the trend goes well beyond traditional natural foods retailers.
Turner said in the release that organic supplies should extend into May. Oneonta expects to pack about 14% of the Washington organic apple crop, according to the release.
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers offers certified organic golden delicious, gala, fuji, Honeycrisp, red delicious, granny smith, Cameo, jonagold and Pink Lady apples.
Orlin Knutson, grower owner of Columbia Valley Fruit LLC and supplier to Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, said the organic apple crop is up and sizes are good.
“Our biggest increases have come in galas and fujis, and we’re also seeing more Honeycrisp, reds and goldens this year,” he said in the release.