Cheryl and Mark Barrett are joined by children and grandchildren at Washington Fruit Place and Gift Shop in Yakima.
Washington Fruit Place and Gift Shop
Submitted April 2011
Cheryl and Mark Barrett
1209 Pecks Canyon Road, Yakima, WA 98908
Years in business: 7
Line of business: Selling fruit off our own orchards, operating fruit market & gift shop
Number of employees: 2 to 10
Greatest challenges and success:
We bought an orchard in 2003 and built a market in the middle of it in 2004 to bring the consumer directly to Barrett Orchards for fresh fruit.
We built a gambrel barn to make the orchard experience more authentic.
Mark and Cheryl are fourth generation fruit growers in the Upper Yakima Valley whose families homesteaded in Yakima and Selah in the early 1900s.
After growing production apples and pears for over 20 years, we started direct marketing at the Yakima Farmers Market for several years.
Now, many travel from the west side of the state for the family fun we also offer: annual festivals for cherries with u-pick along with pit-spitting and pie-eating contests, apples with cider tasting, a pumpkin patch, and a hay maze both with live music and hay rides.