As a child, Scott McIlrath spent the summers with his grandparents on their farm. Those experiences inspired him to become a farmer, and share with his children the opportunity to grow up enjoying farm life.
Scott and Esther McIlrath began farming in the Yakima Valley in 1976. With over 300 acres in production, McIlrath Farms now grows over 10 varieties of apples, pears, and certified organic cherries; in addition to peaches, pluots, and strawberries.
Their stand also features home- and locally-grown vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, Walla Walla sweets, sweet corn, and a variety of peppers... even colorful hanging baskets and bedding plants!
The McIlraths are blessed with five children: Scotty, Thor, Gurina, Brian, and Laura; all have benefited from the joys and hard work of family farming. They also have 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren who spend time and help on the farms.
Brian McIlrath, their youngest son, is a dedicated partner in the family business. He has worked on the farms his entire life, and endeavors to continue the McIlrath legacy of excellence in the Yakima Valley.
Brian has been a local police officer, Sheriff Deputy, and now a Detective for Yakima County for over 15 years. On his time off he and his daughters can be found in the orchards working on improving growing techniques, getting ready for harvests, or taking care of their grass fed cows.
We are first-generation family farmers who constantly explore new production methods to improve yield and fruit quality. We constantly strive for better stewardship of our rich Yakima Valley farm land to preserve it for generations to come.
Our family farms are located in Tieton, Washington, the upper valley outside Yakima. At an elevation of over 2100 feet, our cool nights and warm days are ideal for growing apples. The weather, combined with extremely fertile soil, yields firmer apples with bright red color and sweeter sugar content. Our yearly natural moisture averages 8 inches, resulting in fewer pests.
Certified Organic Cherries
Bing, Rainier, Sweetheart, Lapin, Lambert, Glory, Van, and Sunset Bing cherries.
We tie brightly colored ribbons to the branches of our cherry trees, which helps to discourage Starlings from feeding on the cherries.