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Tree fruit production beginning soon at Oneonta Starr Ranch

Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, headquartered in Wenatchee, WA, expects to market a variety of premium tree fruit this spring and summer.

“We grow, pack and market approximately 2,000,000 cartons of cherries annually as well as about 400,000 cartons of stone fruit out of Washington state,” Director of Marketing Scott Marboe told The Produce News. “We also will have apples available as well.”

OneontaStarrRanch Sean Gilbert, warehouse manager for Gilbert Orchards, as he inspects the fruit. (Photos courtesy of Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers)The company traces its roots back to 1934 and the founding of the Oneonta Trading Corporation by Paul Thomas. Oneonta was the first exporter of Washington apples, and became globally recognized as an agricultural leader in the tree fruit business.

The company is vertically integrated, and Oneonta offers a consistent, extensive selection of apples, pears, cherries, stone fruits, table grapes, citrus and other commodities to diverse domestic and international customers.

Looking at the 2013 season, the cherry bloom is just beginning. Mr. Marboe said Oneonta markets cherries from early June to late August. Stone fruit marketing begins at the same time but concludes in late September.

“Every year is different. But we market both domestically and export with our cherries,” he said. “Stone fruit is limited to domestic for the majority of the season with a small amount to export markets where feasible. We are looking forward to an outstanding season and quality.”

Oneonta sells fruit to all market sectors. “We will have our cherry and stone fruit display merchandisers again this year and a couple of new packaging options will be available,” he added.