An Apple A Day

Apples have been synonymous with Stemilt for over a century thanks to the Mathison family’s foresight to plant apples under Central Washington’s desert landscape that’s rich with volcanic soils way back in the early 1900s. Multiple varieties of apples are grown like the classic Golden Delicious and Granny Smith to newbies like Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and their signature, Piñata apples. Stemilt is a Native American word that means ‘coming from the mountains’ or ‘foothills to the mountains.’ Stemilt Growers is a leading tree fruit company that grows, packs, ships and markets fresh apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots to stores worldwide. Stemilt is also the leading producer of organic fruits and sweet cherries. The company roots trace back to 1893 when the first generation of Mathisons homesteaded 160 acres on Stemilt Hill overlooking the Columbia River and the town of Wenatchee, Washington. By 1914, the Mathison’s began planting fruit orchards on Stemilt Hill. In 1964, the third-generation farmer Tom Mathison founded Stemilt Growers on the premise that consumers should have access to flavor-first fruit. Tom passed away in 2008, but his legacy continues to live on at Stemilt. Today, Stemilt is still family-owned and operated. Tom’s grandson, West Mathison, leads the company as president, while Tom’s children, grandchildren, and relatives continue their involvement as growers and employees. For going on six generations, the Mathison family has been committed to growing the best-tasting fruits for you and your family to enjoy.