Okanogan Producers
Address: PO Box 1807 Okanogan, WA, 98840
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Phone: 509-429-3807
About Us
We are five small farms that work together, sharing resources, equipment, knowledge, expertise, marketing and sales. OPMA was officially formed in March of 2006. Over the years, we have cultivated a close working relationship between the farms and our Co-op for the benefit of our consumers. We believe that by working as a collective we are able to offer our customers much more than we could as individual farms.

Farms carried in this store include Filaree Fruit, Apple Cart Fruits and Whitestone Mountain.
Filaree Fruit is a small diverse orchard located on a bench of land above the Okanogan River valley. After more than 30 years as a certified organic farm, Filaree has developed a rich living soil and large healthy trees. The ten acres of Filaree Fruit are tended using a variation of swidden agriculture, wherein crops are grown in long rotations of fruit, nut, and shelter trees. These rotations are interrupted with shorter periods of use as smaller garden plots and pasture. Over time this system has proven effective for producing commercially viable quantities of marketable crops. It also offers some of the myriad other benefits of a forest, including pleasant habitat for humans and other animals, firewood and lumber, local climate moderation. Perhaps most importantly, this system also builds the soil through an increase in organic matter and soil life. Filaree Fruit currently offers more than 30 varieties of heirloom apples, beginning in mid-July with Vista Bellas, Nickajacks and King Davids in the late summer, and Winesaps and Arkansas Blacks through late fall. Peaches are ready from mid-July through September, along with nectarines, and several varieties of plums. Please check in often because something new is ripening every week. Since 2010 Filaree Fruit has been owned and worked by JC and Amber Kauffman, along with their daughter Hazel. They plan to continue the farm's tradition of growing beautiful fruit while having a fun time tending it.


Apple Cart Fruit is owned and operated by Michael Simon. He has operated along the Okanogan River in Tonasket, WA since 1978. Apple Cart is a certified organic orchard featuring multiple varieties of apples, peaches, cherries, and apricots. Among the varieties of cherries offered are Rainier, Bing, and Lapin cherries and well as tart pie cherries. Sweet, juicy apricots and peaches in multiple varieties will follow after the cherries. In the fall several kinds of apples are available such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Cameo, and heirloom varieties such as Arkansas Black and Yellow Newtown Pippin. In 2013 the neighboring River Willow Farm was leased from Norm and Diana Weddle to add to the acreage and varieties of fruit. River Willow and Apple Cart Fruit were two of the founding farms of OPMA. Recently Apple Cart has started producing wonderful dried apricots and began marketing them in 2016. Apple Cart Fruit carefully stewards its land along the river bank and is not only organic but environmentally conscious in its land use.


Whitestone Mountain Orchard: Three generations and going strong

In 1993 my dad, Ted Lichtenfels had a vision for a family farm. He had seen small-scale growers fall by the wayside only to be replaced by large, corporate agribusinesses. He followed his sense of land stewardship to Tonasket, WA where he purchased a 100-acre orchard. He spent the next 25 years determined to show that with enough initiative, hard work, research, and planning, a small farm could be sustainable for generations to come.

His efforts paid off. Today our family continues to run Whitestone Mountain Orchard with the goal of strengthening our regional food system and supporting families in our community. My husband Hal and I are the second generation to run the orchard, with help from our son Simon, our daughter Hannah, and her husband Skylar.

All our fruit is certified organic and grown using regenerative agriculture practices. We produce multiple varieties of apples and pears, as well as currants, picked fresh and delivered to you at the height of ripeness.

Whitestone Mountain Orchard is a family affair, but ours is bigger than you might think. We extend our sense of family to our entire crew, building solid relationships and creating an orchard-wide community. It’s not always easy to find work in a rural town like Tonasket, so we’re happy to provide jobs for such talented individuals. When we say we’re farming for families, yours and ours—we mean our whole family. We couldn’t do it without them.

We’re so glad you stopped by,
Claire and Hal