Jealous Fruits has announced the addition of the Carlson family to their team. The Carlson family have been growing export quality cherries in Summerland for 30 years. Keith and Jan began growing cherries with a few acres of Lapins in 1991. Throughout the years, they have continued to invest in new plantings, varieties and technologies.
In 2020, the Carlsons are growing over 100 acres of early, mid, and late season cherries throughout Summerland, at elevations from 1300 feet through to 2600 feet. Their orchards have been GlobalGAP certified for more than 20 years, and meticulous attention to detail is a family hallmark.
Keith and Jan's kids, Claire, Erin and Marty, were raised at the home orchard, growing up alongside the cherry industry. They are now raising the third generation, who have the opportunity to be involved with the cherry operation. Working together as a team, the family has found ways to innovate, grow, and manage their farms through integrated and sustainable practices. The Carlson family has invested in on- farm cold storage and hydro-cooling, to chill their production prior to shipment to our Kelowna packing facility.
The Carlson family and Geen family have known each other for decades, and presently Erin Carlson and David Geen serve together as directors of the BC Cherry Association.
In addition to the Carlson family, Jealous Fruits is welcoming three new growers who will be shipping them a combined 500 tons of late season fruit. Together with the Carlson production, and Geen family production, they are now expecting their 2020 crop volume to be up slightly over the 2019 season. Given the challenging year, Jealous Fruits is delighted to have this volume of cherries to serve their customers.