Better fruit begins with a better location

There’s an excellent reason why Gebbers Farms operates in both Chelan and Brewster, Washington: both of these deliberately chosen locations offer absolutely prime growing conditions for our sweet, late season cherry crops and delightfully delicious apple varieties. Nestled in the foothills of Washington’s North Cascade Range, in the highlands of the Lake Chelan basin and along the northern reaches of the Columbia River, Gebbers Farms strategic locations are key to raising fruit with superior crunch, sweetness and cosmetic appeal. Quite simply, we grow where we can produce the finest apples and cherries in the world.

Superior Growing Conditions

To grow consistently fresh, highest quality fruit, we begin at the beginning where and when the growth happens – in the orchards. After choosing the ideal geographic location, Gebbers Farms agricultural engineers sculpt the land to make it even more perfect for growing fruit. Gebbers Farms orchards are very deliberately designed to provide the most efficient drainage, take greatest advantage of the angle of seasonal sunlight, utilize optimal wind direction and frost control, and to include state-of-the-art irrigation systems and maximum access for equipment and harvesting crews. All of this combines to work with nature, every day of every year to help each of our crops thrive from seed to harvest

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The longer the season the sweeter the harvest

With a productively long growing season due to higher elevation, Chelan and Brewster, Washington are also ideal growing locations for their cooler nights and sunny, dry days. All of these conditions work together to produce the best growing conditions for sweet, bountiful Gebbers Farms harvests.

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PRESERVING NATURE’S FRESHNESS WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Understanding the Gebbers Farms success means understanding what makes us different. The foundation of our difference begins with deliberately designed and constructed orchards located in prime growing locations. We build upon this difference with our continuous focus on the development and use of innovative technology.

For example, Gebbers Farms has custom designed the harvest process to preserve nature’s freshness picking to packing. We have developed unique technology that actually slows down the processing of cherries through the use of customized robotics and specially developed sensors. These innovative cherry processing lines cool, size, sort and pack fruit to make sure that the highest quality is maintained from start to finish. By eliminating harmful human touch, we ensure consistently fresh deliveries to our customers. This unique “cold chain” system has been developed specifically for Gebbers Farms to guarantee the freshest cold fruit from harvest to storage and every gentle step between.

 

 Five generations of sustainable growers

The Gebbers family is committed to sustainable farming practices not only because it ensures a healthier future for our farms, but more importantly, for our planet! Four generations of Gebbers growers have seen first-hand the benefits from recycling water, good soil and air quality management, pollinator support and pest management systems. We’ve even invested considerable time and resources to engineer roads to and from our orchards and production stations designed to reduce water pollution and erosion as well as minimizing waste throughout our operations and replenishing soils through industry leading composting practices. The hard-working people of Gebbers Farms are known for being good stewards of this bountiful land and for our commitment to providing our workers with safe conditions and living wages.

FOOD SAFETY

 

IMG_1839Food Safety plays an important role at Gebbers Farms. To address Food Safety issues, a separate Food Safety Department was formed in 2008 with the express purpose of developing and implementing standardized and accepted food safety programs and procedures for all company operations.

GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) Certified Programs are in place at Gebbers Farms for all orchard and warehouse operations, and all are audited on an annual basis by third party independent auditing firms.

These programs include:

 

Warehouse Operations – Certifications

SQF Code, Edition 7 (Safe Quality Foods)

The SQF Code, Ed. 7 meets the needs of suppliers in the food industry through an internationally recognized certification system, featuring an emphasis on the systematic application of HACCP for control of food quality hazards as well as food safety. The implementation of an SQF management system addresses a buyer’s food safety and quality requirements and provides the solution for businesses supplying local and global food markets.

  • USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture)
  • Good Handling Practices Certification.

This program incorporates and reviews food safety procedures in Packing House Facilities, Storage and Transportation activities, and Preventative Food Defense Procedures.

Orchard Operations – Certifications

GlobalG.A.P. – Version 4 – Apples, Cherries, and Pears

The GlobalGap program is an on-farm food safety standard that covers the certification of the entire agricultural production process. Annual audits confirm that the farming practices used by the farm comply with Good Agricultural Practices as set forth in the GlobalG.A.P. standards. Both scheduled and unannounced audits are included in the program.

  • USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture)
  • Produce GAP’s Harmonized Food Safety Standard

This program incorporates and reviews food safety procedures followed on the farm for the production of Apples, Pears, and Cherries. Special attention is given to Field Operations and Harvesting.

 

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