The diverse growing conditions in the U.S. Northwest produce delicious vegetables with deep colors and rich flavor.
The Willamette Valley, which surrounds the Willamette River as it moves down from the mountains near Eugene toward its confluence with the Columbia River in Portland, is the heart of Oregon’s agriculture country. Geologically, this area’s agricultural richness is partly the result of floodwaters that carried rich soil from eastern Washington and deposited it across the Valley floor thousands of years ago. Combined with warm days, cool evenings and more than 50 inches of rain a year, these loamy bottomland soils produce vegetables of unequaled quality and flavor. Grass seed, Christmas trees, hops, hazelnuts, and berries are also widely grown here.
The Columbia River Basin is the largest river basin in Washington State, and the fifth largest growing region in the United States. Supported by extensive natural aquifers and plentiful irrigation from the Columbia River, this basin is home to 600,000 acres of cultivated farmland. Four different microclimates support a wide range of crops. Some growing areas here offer up to 200 frost-free growing days. Most of the soil in the Columbia River Basin is an alluvial type, deposited by ancient glacial flooding. The soil diversity provides both “heavy ground” for root crops such as potatoes and carrots, and “light ground” for crops such as corn and peas.
The Chehalis River Basin is the second-largest river basin in Washington State and the largest on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. This basin includes many small valleys made up of fertile soil deposited over time by the river. We take full advantage of these conditions by planting along the river. With consistently moderate temperatures, the Chehalis River Basin’s growing season is longer, giving vegetables more time to mature. These conditions produce high-quality, flavorful peas and corn.
With all of our growers located near our facilities, we pride ourselves on only using the freshest raw vegetables to produce our packaged frozen vegetables. Our vegetables include: