Welcome to Dahle Orchards
It is the mission of Dahle Orchards, The Farmer in The Dalles, to grow, distribute and specialize in the production of high quality fruit using the most currrent and innovative techniques and resources; ensuring freshness, taste and superior overall quality. Dahle Orchards was established in 1984 by Timothy Dahle. The operation is a family farm consisting of 380 acres of mostly high density, pedestrian orchards. Our focus is on fruit quality, food safety, worker safety, and sustainability. The "pedestrian" system allows us to pick fruit without ladders, increasing worker safety and efficiency.
Tucked in the shadow of Mount Hood, on hillsides overlooking the Columbia River, grow some of the finest sweet cherries in the world. The mountain blocks most of the rain that blows in from the west, protecting the cherries from weather that would otherwise split and soften the fruit. Although there have been cherry orchards here in The Dalles for generations, the industry has changed, and so have the cherries. Northwest sweet cherry production is trending upward. Growing sweet cherries for the fresh market demands a strategic understanding of international trade, consumer preferences, and state-of-the-art horticulture in addition to a sweet place on the sunny side of the mountain.
Cherries have pleased the palates of food lovers for centuries. Their ruby-red color and tangy taste won cherries a place on
the tables of Roman conquerors, Greek citizens and Chinese noblemen. Cherries were brought to America by ship with early
settlers in the 1600s.