“Zirkle Fruit has been ahead of the trend when it comes to planting newer varieties,” Wolter said.
“When you look at our overall production, we’re ahead of the industry by probably 5% to 10% in pulling out old and putting in new.”
Wolter’s contributions to the fresh fruit industry extend beyond Rainier Fruit. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the U.S. Apple Committee and the Produce for Better Health Foundation as well as sitting on numerous industry association committees.
In Wolter’s view, her efforts are akin to family obligations.
“I love this industry,” she said. “I think the fact that most of our business is a conglomeration of family owned companies creates a whole sense of family in the industry.”
To this day, Small thinks of Wolter as a member of his family.
“I would say I am as proud of her as I am of my own daughter,” he said.