At the orchard, we grow delicious cherries, blueberries and pears. We source additional fruits showcased in our beautiful gifts from other orchards. Our popular summer fruits, peaches and nectarines, are grown at a small 4th generation family farm along the Columbia River, not far from our headquarters. This farm has been growing premium peaches and nectarines since 1936. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn how we source our stone fruit, tips for choosing a perfect peach or nectarine, and more.
How We Choose our Fruit Vendors
At The Fruit Company, we are always looking for the highest quality growers. We like to see long-term family businesses with the generational knowledge it takes to grow superb fruits. It is always important that our growers understand that we are also a grower, with high expectations for our customers. We require only the best and often pay more than what the retail market is willing to pay for our fruits. Once we’ve chosen the fruit, the next step is incorporating them into our gifts.
Stone Fruit in The Fruit Company Gifts
Both peaches and nectarines have very fragile skins, thus we recommend shipping these varieties in padded packaging to ensure that they arrive in premium condition. This is why you only see these types of fruits in padded box sleeves which ensure good arrival. Once you’ve received your gift, knowing when to eat the fruit is the next step.
How to Know if a Peach or Nectarine is Perfectly Ripe?
With stone fruit like peaches and nectarines, the best way to know if the fruit is ripe is by scent and color. If they don’t smell sweet or aromatic, they probably won’t taste very good. You can also tell if they are ripe by their background color. Even if a peach or nectarine has a blush, you want to make sure that the background is even in color and has no signs of greenness.
Another way to tell if a peach and nectarine is ready for enjoyment is to simply pluck one off the tree and try it. Our peaches are not what you’ll find in the grocery store. Retail stores pick these fruits too early and ship their fruit hard and green. We pick our peaches and nectarines at the peak of ripeness. They are usually shipped on the same day that they are picked.
Why did The Fruit Company decide to plant cherries, blueberries and pears?
We live in the most premium area of the country for these three varieties of fruits. Whether it’s pineapple from the island of Oahu, HI or northern Washington for our mountain grown apples, we only source from places throughout the world where our fruits are grown best. When it comes to fruit, it’s all about location. This is why our pears, cherries and blueberries have such high demand across the country. These varieties are grown best in the Pacific Northwest.
We hope you can try our delicious peaches and nectarines before they go out of season!
Scott Webster is President & CEO of both Webster Orchards, Inc and TheFruitCompany.com. Webster Orchards has been growing premium fresh fruit in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area since 1942, starting with Scott’s grandfather Roy Webster. The Fruit Company, an online gift retailer has been packing and shipping beautiful fruit gifts nationwide since 1999. Both headquarters are located in the Hood River Valley, nestled between Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.