Root Orchards, a sweet cherry farm, is located in beautiful Mosier Valley,
nestled in the Cascade foothills of the Columbia River Gorge. Mosier
Valley boasts some of the most picturesque vistas around. The climate,
location, and the soil all contribute to growing some of the finest
cherries in the United States if not the world!
We have over 100 acres of sweet cherries in various stages of
production. Trees on some acres are decades old. We are rejuvenating
their productivity with our pruning methods or targeting them for
removal in the next year or so. We have excavated old trees on some
acreage and are in the process of renewing the land and planning our
next planting. In addition, other acreage has been replanted and in
production from one to 15-20 years while still other acres were planted
this year and last and not yet in production.
Root Orchards is an Oregon Century Farm. Wade and Suzie Root are the
fourth generation of the Root family to farm in this location. Amos and
Hannah Root bought and began farming here in 1878.Their son Clyde and
his wife Christine farmed, raised fruit and added acreage to the farm
from 1911 until retirement. Their son Verne and his wife, Lois continued
this tradition. Verne and Lois bought adjacent land in the 1950's farming
along side Clyde and Christine and then bought the 'Home Place' and
additional acreage before retiring.
In the early 1990's, Wade and Suzie began leasing the Home Place and
purchased adjacent land. Today their sons, Cameron and Casey are part
of the operation continuing the family tradition into the fifth generation.