Seneca partners with local growers and family farms near our plant locations. We currently have contracts with approximately 1,600 vegetable and fruit growers for over 200,000 acres of produce. Our plants are strategically located in diverse growing regions very close to our growers, which means fields are freshly harvested and processed at peak freshness, locking in nutrients efficiently.
Seneca's fruit processing operations are primarily located on the west coast.
Our cherry orchard growers are primarily located in the states of Michigan, Oregon, and Washington, and our relationships with them span decades. Read details about several farms at cherryman.com
Northwest Bartlett Pears - Washington
Bartlett pears are sourced from 3 distinct growing regions in the Pacific Northwest with the typical harvest season running from mid-August through mid-September. 60 farms help to supply our plant in Sunnyside, which is conveniently located in the Yakima Valley growing region of south central Washington. The Wenatchee growing region is located approximately 120 miles to the north in central Washington and the Mid-Columbia growing region stretches approximately 120 miles to the southwest through the Columbia River Gorge and into the Hood River Valley of northern Oregon. Many of our pear growers are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation farms which continue to cultivate their orchards in the traditional method of evenly spaced orchard rows. Although the average productive life of a NW Bartlett Pear orchard is 35 years, some of the oldest orchards continue to produce consistently after having been planted more than 80 years ago. A few growers with the youngest orchards are beginning to employ new techniques such as higher density plantings on trellis systems. Warm days, cool nights, and an abundance of water flowing through the Valley growing regions provide ideal conditions for Bartlett pears in the rich, fertile volcanic soil found in the shadows of the Cascade mountain range of the Pacific Northwest.
Seneca's peas, sweet corn and green beans come from rich farmland in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and New York. We contract over 150,000 acres of these vegetables annually to supply 12 of our processing facilities (7 in Wisconsin, 4 in Minnesota, and 1 in New York). The farmers who grow these vegetables for us are scattered across the entire state of Wisconsin, the southern half of Minnesota, the northern half of Illinois, and the western portion of New York. Many of our farm families boast a rich agricultural heritage and have been growing vegetables for 3 or 4 generations. All of our fields are located within hours or even minutes of the nearest processing facility to ensure quality and freshness.
More information on our growers is coming soon!
Nick Somers is a potato grower with Plover River Farms in Stevens Point, WI. Not only is Nick well respected in his community, but he also takes environmental stewardship seriously by restoring forested wetlands on his farm.