About Us
Our Mission
Bins of Apples

Simply the Best!

At Columbia Valley Fruit our mission is to provide high quality Washington apples to consumers around the world while:

  • assisting our growers in achieving the highest level of success and profitability
  • providing our employees opportunities for growth and a safe, pleasant working environment
  • employing sustainable practices and protecting the environment
  • maintaining a culture of honesty and integrity
Meet the Partners


Left to Right: Orlin Knutson, Tom Tudor, Bill Monson, Mark Tudor, Chris Vizena

Orlin Knutson has been growing tree fruit – apples, peaches, nectarines, and cherries in the Mattawa, Washington area for over 30 years. His experience growing organic fruit dates back to 1988 when he first received organic certification. An Agriculture/Forestry Leadership Program graduate, he also served 15 years on the Washington State Organic Certification Board. Orlin is married and has two grown daughters. His hobbies include skiing, mountaineering, hiking, and motorcycle riding.

Mark and Tom Tudor are third generation farmers. The operate Tudor Hills Vineyard Inc., farming organic apples and pears, along with conventional wine grapes and juice grapes.

Mark is an Agriculture/Forestry Leadership Program Graduate. Mark has served in many leadership roles including: Director of the Washington State Horticulture Association Board and Co-Chair of the Associations Grade and Pack committee, Director of Washington Asparagus Growers Association, and Director of Welch’s National Grape Cooperative. Mark enjoys hiking, motorcycling, skiing, and golf.

Tom attended WSU and has been farming in the Grandview area for 35 years. He is married to Tracy and they have two kids, Amy and Sean. Sean is working on the farm. Tom is a board member of the Washington State Grape Society and a member of WAWGG. His hobbies are golf and fishing.

Bill Monson is a third generation farmer in the Yakima and Columbia Valley regions of Eastern Washington.  He is the President of Goose Ridge Vineyards and Monson Ranches.  At Goose Ridge Vineyards, the operation produces many different varietals of wine grapes, apples, cherries as well as hay. The Monson Ranches division raises cattle, which he feeds as stocker cattle in states from the West coast to as far as the Midwest.

Bill is a 1988 WSU Business Agricultural graduate.  He’s been involved in many leadership roles with The Cattle Feeders Association locally and nationally.  Bill served a two-year term as representative for the National Young Cattlemen’s Assn. in Washington D.C., President of Washington State Cattle Feeders Assn., member of the Washington State Horticulture Assn. and a member of the Washington Assn. of Wine Grape Growers. He brings many years of farming experience and knowledge with an agricultural background. 

Bill is married to Darci. They have three children, Taylor, Blake and Makenzie, whom are all very involved in agriculture. His interests include hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, and golfing.

Chris Vizena has been enthusiastic about farming since he got his first taste of farm work in the Quincy, Washington area in the early 1970s. Chris grows apples, cherries, and row crops (Timothy Hay, alfalfa, beans, and wheat) in the Babcock Ridge area south of Quincy, Washington. He produces both conventional and certified organic crops. He is a member of several organizations including:

  • International Tree Fruit Association
  • Alfalfa Association
  • Lion’s Club
  • Quincy Chamber of Commerce

 

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Meet the Partners
Meet the Partners