Frequently Asked Questions

When can I pick up cherries?

Office hours are 7:30AM-4:00PM, Monday-Friday. Call ahead for Saturday pick-up.

Can I place an order ahead of time?

No, we don't accept pre-orders. There is no need to call ahead unless you need to check whether or not cherries are available.

What is the price for each type of fruit?

Contact the office to inquire about current pricing.

How are cherries packed?

Cherries and plums come de-stemmed, washed, sorted, pitted, packed and frozen.

Fruithill cares about food safety, so the fruit you purchase is washed, sorted, sanitized with a chlorine spray, rinsed with fresh water, passed through a metal detection system after pitting, and frozen. A sample has been sent to a certified lab for micro-analysis testing prior to releasing the product to consumers. Our fruit is grown and packed in Oregon, USA.

All products are only available in specified quantities. Our production system doesn't allow us to provide products in other quantities.

Can I buy fresh cherries?

Fruithill no longer sells fresh cherries due to food safety regulations. Microbial testing is done on finished products and they are released for sale following favorable results. Thank you for supporting this change and helping us produce "Quality Fruit for Generations". 

Can I get cherries without sugar?

Yes, we do package some cherries  without sugar into 40# cartons. They are available on a limited, first-come first-serve basis.

Why would I want sugar?

The sugar cap helps keep the cherries from turning brown (oxidizing). If you want them for baking or enjoying fresh, we suggest getting them with sugar. The sugar dissolves into the juice and helps keep the fruit looking and tasting wonderful. Simply add a little more thickening agent to your recipe to compensate. For jam or jelly we suggest cherries without sugar (unless you are experienced with measuring out the ratio) because these recipes tend to be very specific in the amount of sugar or sweetener. 

How many pies does a pail of cherries make?

Anywhere from 5-8 depending on how big you like your pies! 

How should cherries be stored?

Freezer storage is recommended if you don't use them immediately. Pails should be stored  standing upright. Sugar and juice may leak out under the lid if stored on a side or upside down.

To freeze cherries, first mix the pail contents by firmly securing the lid and briefly inverting the entire pail. This distributes the sugar throughout the fruit. Next, drain off juice (as desired) and place fruit in plastic freezer bags. Lay the bags flat in the freezer. Enjoy them all year long. The recommended shelf life is 2 (two) years from the production date.

What types of fruit are available?

See Sales for types of fruit and availability or contact us at 503-662-3926.

How is fruit processed?

Fruit is processed in a variety of ways. All fruit is cleaned, sorted and pitted. Styles include:

  • Red Tart Cherries: 5+1, straight-pack, punch-pitted, Elliott-pitted, & IQF*.
  • Dark Sweet Cherries: Fresh (field picked), Elliott-pitted, & IQF*.
  • Italian Purple Plums: Pitted & halved, 3/8" diced, IQF* halves.

*Individual quick freeze

Can I hand pick fruit in the orchard?

No, there is no "u-pick" in Fruithill's orchards. 

Does Fruithill ship fruit to customers?

For the general customers buying individual pails or cartons we do not offer shipping. All fruit must be purchased and picked up from our processing plant in Yamhill. If you are a business customer with a larger order please contact us regarding shipping. 

Does Fruithill sell organic fruit?

Fruithill does not grow organic and sell fruit at this time.