Blue Mountain Growers, Inc. was established as a cooperative in 1927 to support local growers in the sales, marketing and distribution of their fruit. From small, generational family farmers to large commercial enterprises, our growers produce some of the world’s highest quality sweet cherries, apples, Italian prunes and plums. Our fruit is grown in three distinct but relatively close geographic regions, each with its own diverse micro-climates where multiple varieties grow to perfection; the Walla Walla Valley, Grande Ronde Valley and the Columbia Basin. From the foothills of the beautiful Blue Mountains near Milton Freewater, Oregon, the wonderful small town of Cove, Oregon and into the arid lands fed by the mighty Columbia and Snake rivers of the great Columbia Basin in southeastern Washington , our growers commitment to excellence is unparalleled.
Community involvement and pride are long held traditions at Blue Mountain Growers. Donations to many local organizations throughout the year is one way that we demonstrate this commitment. Apples are donated to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon; the Oregon National Guard Unit in Milton Freewater; Second Harvest / Fields of Grace and other food banks in the region; the Milton Freewater and Athena-Weston school districts in addition to supporting many of our local youth athletic programs.
During the fall of each year, as a service to the community, we set up an apple stand which provides our customers with fresh fruit in 42-45 pound boxes for a nominal fee of $10.00. Our customers consistently come from as far away as Alaska, the mid-west and California to participate in this endeavor, which lifts our spirits knowing we are providing a wonderful eating experience for less than $.25 per pound. This is a great opportuity for the community and often becomes a social gathering for many. We also participate in the Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition program that enables low-income families an opportunity to obtain fresh fruit at no cost.