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WSU Horticulture Center and R.B. Tukey Horticulture Orchard

This orchard is here in Pullman for members of the local campus or others to do teaching, research, and/or extension work. Those are our top priorities. If we have surplus fruit or vegetables that will not be used for teaching, research, or extension projects we sell the surplus produce to the general public and apply that money to our operations funds.

Orchard Produce

Already Picked Fruit Sales New and Final Location!
Our new and permanent sales location is in our beautiful new crimson building #400A at Spillman Farm on top of the first hill on the right.  The address is 1452 Johnson Road but it starts out as Johnson Avenue on Bishop Blvd (so you might want to try both Johnson Road and Johnson Avenue in your GPS locator).  See detailed directions below.

When will WSU Already Picked Cherry Sales begin?  Good question.  The answer is I am not sure.
We do have some sweet cherries this year.  Due to the COVID 19 and all the new WSU Return to Work Rules and Committees, there is now a process that all units and departments need to go through in order to have a written plan that gets approved by 3 different committees to have any contact with anyone on the WSU campus.  So our written procedures are currently in the process of being put in front of all 3 of the necessary committees for their approval.  Each of these 3 committees only meets one time per week and each committee must individually approve our written procedures sequentially, committee A first then committee B then committee C.  So unfortunately it could take a couple more weeks before we are allowed to open to sell sweet cherries to you.

Our written procedures include the following items:
1) social distancing of 6 feet,
2) wearing a cloth face covering or mask
3) allowing us to bag your fruit for you
4) We will still accept cash, check or card for payment.

Our sales table will be set up in the overhead doorway and you will only be allowed to approach the table one person at a time and choose the pre-bagged fruit or direct us as to which fruit you want us to put into a bag for you.  In the meantime we are harvesting some lovely sweet cherries and will keep them in the cooler so we can open already picked sales as soon as we are given permission to do so.  I am told that the earliest we MIGHT be able to get approval is 2 weeks away.  I will send out an email to let you know when our first day of sales will begin.

Sorry for the delay and thanks for your patience!

Hours Friday = 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Hours Saturday = 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This year hopefully starting by late July and into August sweet cherry varieties available will be Bing, Rainier and Lapin.

In the fall apple varieties available will be McIntosh, Gala, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty and some unusual varieties.

Thanks again for all your support!!!

 

Get email notifications

You can subscribe to our email list (select “Fruit_Harvest_by_Appt” from the list) to be notified of any future changes and special events at the WSU Tukey Orchard.

Donate

Donate to our new orchard (see links below).

Give toward immediate needs

Funds donated to the Ronald B. Tukey Memorial Fund go for immediate needs of the Tukey Orchard.
Give toward long-term needs

Funds donated to the Ronald B. Tukey Memorial Endowment will increase the endowment used to enhance the Tukey Orchard.

General information about fruit sales

Typically, we have fruit sales in the middle to end of July for sweet cherries for 1 to 3 Fridays and Saturdays depending upon crop volume. Our fall fruit sales usually begin toward the end of September or beginning of October with our fall crop of apples.

Alternative produce sources

To locate other sources of pick-your-own produce and sustainably-grown food, visit the following websites:

A cherry orchard

Orchard Location

Our location has changed to the WSU Spillman Farm at 1452 Johnson Road.  However Johnson Road starts out as Johnson Avenue at its intersection with Bishop Blvd.  To get here from HWY 270 get on to Bishop Blvd.  Take the second left onto Johnson Avenue (which turns into Johnson Road so you might want to try both names in your GPS locator).  Stay straight on Johnson Avenue/Road across the railroad tracks.  Just past the 2 mile marker turn left into Spillman Farm.  Take the first right to get to our new building at the top of the hill, 400A. We will plant a new orchard on this site.

For the 3-5 years while the new orchard grows we will continue to manage the trees on part of the old site which is still owned by WSU.  Our previous entrance at the intersection of Terre View Drive and Airport Road is closed.  Our new entrance will be a shared road with other WSU Facilities that will not be accessible to the general public.

Interested in Using Our Orchard?

Fill out a Farm Use Request Form (.pdf)

Contact Us

Deb Pehrson, Farm Manager
(509) 335-6700

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