Broetje Orchards, WA (First Fruits of Washington)


Privately owned: Ralph Broetje – largest privately owned orchards in the US


Jurisdiction: B’s is a single grower



Varietal apples, cherries



Of 5000 total acres of orchards, 550 acres are certified organic


Food safety:

Certified safe "seed to table"

SQF (Safe Quality Food) certified for packing/warehousing and farming operation

PurFresh (purifies, protects, preserves) Program



Implemented use of PurFresh Technologies’ wash and storage solutions – reduces use of chemicals in processing and overall environmental impact


Pesticide use:

Organic acreage is "isolated from pest pressure"



Fertilizer use:

Avoids use of chemicals or environmentally harmful products



Stewards of labor force and the land – protect the worker’s environment

Alternating irrigation


Independent testing:



Fair Trade: Yes

OSHA certified



Committed to sustainability – converted arid wasteland into worker’s housing, day care center and school

75% profits are donated to Christian charities is a small but growing group of U.S. based produce retailers dedicated to providing customers with

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