Organic stone fruit harvest starts at Stemilt - The Packer

Organic stone fruit harvest starts at Stemilt

07/30/2014 04:32:00 PM
Chelsea Mies

Stemilt Growers LLC has started harvesting the sixth season of its all-organic peach and nectarine crop in Washington State.

Stemilt Growers LLCThis year marks the sixth season that Stemilt Growers LLC has harvested only organic peaches and nectarines. The fruit was ready about a week earlier than normal.“This is the sixth season that our entire peach and nectarine crop is grown and certified as organic,” Stemilt marketing director Roger Pepperl said in a news release. “Consumer demand for organic fruit is very high, and we look forward to supplying organic peaches and nectarines that burst with flavor during the final stretch of summer.”

The peaches and nectarines are packed under Stemilt’s Artisan Organics label and they are available from late July to mid-September. Most of the fruit is grown by the Douglas family of Douglas Fruit in Pasco, Wash.

The 2014 season is a week ahead of normal due to ideal growing conditions, according to the release.

“The fruit looks and tastes incredible. Vibrant colors, juicy and sweet flavors with a good amount of acid,” Pepperl said in the release. “Our focus on tree-ripened fruit ensures a consistent level of maturity to further enhance the consumer eating experience. We look forward to delivering a premium, high-flavored crop in the coming months.”



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