In addition to growing more than 60 varieties of fruit, including stone fruit, pears, and apples, we make pure squeezed and pressed juices right here on the farm. Unlike the big guys, we do everything ourselves: we squeeze, press, or puree our own fruits and veggies, compost green-waste, and buy directly from small organic farms what we can't grow on our land.
Columbia Gorge Organic Farm has been the recipient of a number of awards, including two times "Farmer of the Year" from Oregon Tilth and "Handler of the Year" and "Farmer of the Year," from the Oregon Organic Council.
We were serious about informing people about what goes into every bottle of our juice. We wanted to show that the words "Farm to Bottle™" are more than just a slogan. (You will find those Farm to Bottle stories on every product page on this website.) Our main competitors are owned by very large food and beverage corporations. We respect their efforts to bring healthful juice to America, but we felt strongly that people should understand the CoGo difference between our products and theirs.
It all comes down to what we in the farming world call "sourcing." We can't stress it enough: the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are increasingly threatened by pesticides, fertilizers, GMOs, and foreign farming techniques of questionable ecological integrity. In addition, the farther away we go to get our food, the bigger the environmental impact of transporting it to the neighborhood store.
All of our products contain juice made from our own orchard-grown organic fruits, including apples, pears, peaches, and cherries. What we cannot grow ourselves is sourced through our longstanding relationships with other organic farmers.