Our Seasonal Practices

Setting The Industry Standard

World-Class Orchard & Post-Harvest Teams

Our two families have been living and breathing stone fruits for more than 150 years, so it’s safe to say we have fruit juice coursing through our veins. We’re the home to world-class orchard and post-harvest teams that bring you peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots with unmatchable flavor grown with the highest quality standards in the business. Our teams work year-round to maintain our crops, so we can bring you the largest and most diversified selection of conventional and organic fruits.

Our 5 Main Procedures

We work year-round to maintain our crops, so we can bring you the largest and most diverse selection of conventional and organic stone fruit in North America.

Here’s a brief description:

Seasonal Harvest

Early Season Through Late Season Picking

We consider harvesting an art form. It can take anywhere from a few days to more than six weeks, depending on the fruit variety. We ensure all our fruit is harvested at peak ripeness. You can trust our experience and expertise to know we’ll pick our fruit at exactly the right time.

Picked To Perfection

Our harvest crews are trained to recognize optimal size, color, and firmness.

Handled With Care

Our fruits are hand-picked and placed in totes or buckets to help minimize bruising and blemishes.

Always Hand-Packed

We hand-pack our fruits with a keen attention to detail.

Ready To Enjoy

All our fruits are picked at peak ripeness so they’re ready to eat.

Pre-Harvest Color Pruning

We remove non-fruiting wood and other long shoots prior to harvest to prevent trees from producing too much shade. Sunlight helps the fruit reach its optimal color and maturity. Leaf pulling on hard-to-color varieties also helps ensure an even complexion.

Post-Harvest Summer Pruning

We remove non-fruiting wood and excess vegetation during late summer and early fall. This is done late enough in the year that the trees won’t experience vegetation re-growth but early enough so ample sunlight will land on and affect the new growth.

Spring Fruit Thinning

Preparing Our Trees

Every spring, we prepare our fruit through the fruit thinning process—the process of removing excess fruit from the tree. This process helps trees channel their energy into fully hardening and growing delicious fruits.

Thinning takes place while the fruit is still small, but big enough to differentiate. We remove the smaller fruit and any malformed pieces while leaving just the right amount of space around the remaining fruit, so they have ample room to grow.

Measuring Fruit Count

Our desired range for total fruit count per tree is based on age, variety, historical knowledge, and soil type.

Good To The Core

Fruit thinning helps trees channel their energy into fully hardening the pit and growing delicious stone fruits.

All Hands On Deck

Fruit thinning is our most tedious task and requires many skilled hands working precisely and rapidly.

Room To Grow

By leaving uniform spaces between the fruit, they have ample space to grow and develop.

Winter Dormant Tree Pruning

Once the leaves have fallen and a tree’s structure is fully visible, we begin our dormant pruning process. This involves removing all non-fruiting wood and removing fruiting wood based on size, appearance, health, position on the tree, and desired quantity to prepare for the next crop.