Mark Clayton was destined to be a farmer. His parents were raised on wheat and cattle farms, and turned to apple farming in the 1960s. In the small town of Orondo, Washington, Mark grew up on his family’s farm, which is alongside the gorgeous Columbia River and nestled at the foot of the majestic Cascade Mountains.
Phenomenal. It’s a word that Grady Auvil, one of Auvil Fruit’s founding brothers, would use to describe the taste of Gee Whiz Cherries. He was known as the strictest on flavor, and his strictness has withstood the test of time. Cherries are only ready for consumers when the taste is perfectly sweet.
In today’s world of rapid change, fewer and fewer companies withstand the test of time. Auvil Fruit Company, the grower of the Gee Whiz brand of apples and cherries is an exception. Our roots run deep, dating back nearly 90 years when brothers Grady, Robert and David Auvil purchased 22 acres of land In Orondo. The singular philosophy the Auvil brothers built this company on still stands today. It’s about growing and sharing the best fruit in the world, and ensuring that our passion meets flavor.