Cherry Country Orchard & Chocolate Factory -
Nearly 20 years ago, the Shadbolt family bought a Royal Ann cherry orchard located on 37 scenic acres in an historic cherry growing region, the Eola Hills west of Salem, Oregon. Mike and Marsh began working together to learn about growing their cherries, and then drying them without adding any preservatives, sulfites, sugars or oils. Their "cherry hobby" inspired them. And so began Cherry Country, a family owned and operated company based on showcasing the dynamic flavors and healthy benefits of cherries.
In 2001, when Mike retired from his "day job," they decided to pursue the "cherry obsession" full-time. About this same time, daughter Celeste graduated from college and offered to give her parents "one year" of her time, which is now approaching eight years. Today Cherry Country is dedicated to processing (sorting, pitting, drying, chocolate making, and other product pairing) the best cherries from their own orchard and neighboring family farmed cherry orchards in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
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