LaPierre Farms: Organic Excellence

Nectarines, Cherries and Pears, Oh My! Farm Client Excels at Organic Fruit
Picking and sorting at client La Pierre Farms

It all started more than 35 years ago with a small piece of land and a lot of hard work, and today our client LaPierre Farms grows everything needed for the perfect fruit salad.

Located outside Zillah, Washington, on 256 acres in the fertile Yakima Valley, LaPierre Farms organically grows an array of fruit, including blueberries, pears, nectarines, peaches, cherries and five types of apples. Owners Mark and Marni LaPierre operate a small packing facility on site to ensure quality control, while they and their hard-working team harvest, pack and ship produce at the ideal time.  

 

The operation took root in 1985 when Mark planted his first cherry orchard. He soon became interested in organic farming. Mark’s commitment to organic methods grew as he expanded the farm and planted other fruit varieties. LaPierre Farms is Global GAP licensed and has proudly been USDA Certified Organic for decades.  

 

Recently, the LaPierres purchased a neighboring vineyard. They are rehabilitating the vines, and converting the vineyard to organic, with plans to use the grapes for their private label wine. In 2018, the LaPierres began experimenting with growing kiwifruit and strawberries. While kiwis are generally grown in more temperate zones, the LaPierres are utilizing a variety developed in New Zealand for colder growing areas. If the plants flourish and produce quality fruit, the LaPierres will consider expanding production in this crop. Look for LaPierre kiwis in 2021.

 

For the LaPierres, quality is always first. If the produce picked does not pass their internal quality standards, it does not go in the pack. 

 

Retail shoppers can find LaPierre Farms’ produce at the family’s new on-site mercantile opening in 2021 at 4440 Highland Drive in Zillah, and at several PCC Natural Markets in western Washington. 

 

LaPierre Farms has been a Banner Bank client since 2000. To learn more about the operation and the nutritive value of many of the items they grow, visit their website.