Acres of Fruit Grown. Making Broetje one of the largest privately owned orchards in the United States.
boxes of apples can be packed per day, a total of more than five million per year.
employees at harvest time, making Broetje Orchards the largest employer in Walla Walla County.
Broetje Orchards grows over 17 varieties of apples, pears and some cherries spread across over 6,000 acres in Eastern Washington.
We are unique in the industry because our fruit is grown, stored and packed at the same location—a practice unmatched in our industry. With this, we have greater control over the quality and safety of our products.
It covers more than 4,300 acres in a virtually frost-free micro-climate, stretching for nearly 10 miles along the Snake River. Dedicated year-round crews care for the trees in this ideal location. It means consistently high quality fruit. This main orchard is complemented by the ever-growing acreage located in Wallula, Benton City and Burbank, WA, with both conventional and organic fruit production.
If so, please click the ‘View Our Fruit’ button and you will be taken to the First Fruits Marketing site where details on all of our fruit can be found.
Food safety is of paramount importance at Broetje Orchards, and we are committed to ensuring that from field to warehouse to retailer, we have rigorous standards. We were among the first growers in the nation to receive the SQF certification across our vertically integrated company, which involved an independent audit of all farm, warehousing, and packaging operations by an independent third party certifier. Our systems allow us to trace where each of our 500 million apples each year were grown, packed and shipped to provide the highest level of assurance to our buyers.
We are a business dependent on the environment in which we live and work. As such, our mission extends to ensuring that we are caring for and nurturing that which provides to us. Whether utilizing the best of organic production techniques, integrated pest management, conservation or reducing our use of non-renewables, we seek to be good stewards of the land.
Year over year, Broetje Orchards measures our environmental sustainability, specifically looking at our use of energy (renewable and non-renewable), water, chemical usage and our recycling efforts. This information allows us to move beyond words to action, ensuring that our company is keeping an eye on continuous improvement.
The warehouse and packing facilities add to our 11 million square feet controlled atmosphere and cold storage space for a total of 12 million square feet of storage and packing. Fruit that was on the tree in the morning is in a controlled atmosphere room the same day, allowing us to provide our customers a better overall product.
As one of a number of strategies to reduce our use and reliance on pesticides and other traditional pest control strategies, Broetje Orchards participates in a raptor relocation program, where we encourage birds of prey to reside on the orchard. These raptors help reduce our population of birds and mice which can impose serious damage to our apple and cherry crops. As of 2016, our orchard hosted a total of 43 bird nests