57 responses

  1. Ales
    July 13, 2012

    Wow, what a great post! Seems like you had an awesome fun and information filled day. I love cherries although they seem such a “high maintenance” fruit and I find it impossible to tell at the store if it’s a nice sweet, slightly tart one or if they all turn out to be kinda blah ( which I had to sadly discover way too often lately).
    Since I eat most of my fruits on the go I also appreciate fruits without any waste to dispose of and spitting out the pits and keeping them in your hand is … well, let’s just say there are better fruits to take on the go 🙂

    Anyways, so jealous of your helicopter ride! So cool!
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  2. Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running
    July 13, 2012

    Ahhh this would be my heaven!! Copious amounts of cherries….
    That Bed and Breakfast looked so good. Thick, creamy, no-artifical-anything yoghurt is always the best 🙂
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  3. Beth
    July 13, 2012

    Thanks so much for this post! I love cherries so much and do buy them at Whole Foods, so I’ve probably eaten some cherries from the orchard you visited–how cool!
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  4. Amanda
    July 13, 2012

    I don’t generally like cherries, but I did not know about the different varieties and how they differ in flavor when they’re picked. Who knows, maybe I’ve only gotten weird bags and I actually do like them.

    That’s really cool they let you fly the helicopter though, I would have been freaking out! I don’t like heights, or flying, but my cousin is a heli pilot and she loves it.
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  5. Sara @my less serious life
    July 13, 2012

    what an adventure! love the helicopter ride. i recently took my boyfriend on both of our first helicopter rides for his birthday. it is truly an exciting and perfect way to explore a new place!
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  6. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats
    July 13, 2012

    Ahhhhh I’m so jealous! You really are blessed to get to do these things! And I’ve never been on a helicopter either, I bet that was awesome!! I’m glad you had such a great experience, and good food! I’ll also be sure to keep my cherries cool, I didn’t know that!
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  7. Hope @ With A Side Of Hope
    July 13, 2012

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity! Thank you so much for posting all about cherries. I learned a lot from this post. I love the Rainer cherries. They are my favorite 🙂
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  8. Pam
    July 13, 2012

    Very cool! Looks like fun!

  9. Ida
    July 13, 2012

    I love B&Bs too! And full fat yogurt does taste amazing

  10. Kathy
    July 13, 2012

    I know I have said you have cool posts often but seriously this one tops most!!

    This could be a little informational post for the company and put on their website…it was so good, informative, fun and is even making my mouth water a little bit…what a great day you had.

    (jealous? nah….I think I would have freaked in the helicopter …glad you did it and not me this time…ha!)

  11. Mary @ food and fun on the run
    July 13, 2012

    Wow! What an amazing experience! Looks like you are having so much fun! And the food you have been having – yum, yum, yum!! Such a fun, informative post!
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  12. Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    July 13, 2012

    I’ve never been a huge fan of cherries, but I bet they’re awesome straight off the tree!
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  13. Carly
    July 13, 2012

    Wow, the helicopter ride sounds awesome!

    I am curious, did Rainier talk about how they pay their pickers? I ask only because I just finished reading “The American Way of Eating” by Tracie McMillan, and one of the things she did for the book was work as a migrant worker in California. There was a huge contrast in how workers were paid, and many of them didn’t make much. Just curious if Ranier treats their workers better, especially with the Whole Foods connection!

    Here’s the book link if you are curious: http://www.amazon.com/The-American-Way-Eating-Undercover/dp/1439171955/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342186183&sr=8-1&keywords=the+american+way+of+eating
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    • Kate
      July 13, 2012

      I was going to ask the same thing — migrant and farmworker treatment & pay is something that doesn’t get talked about often enough.
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    • Sarah
      July 13, 2012

      I work for an office that helps provide farmworker housing throughout central Washington. I don’t know about wages or the Rainier company specifically, but I can tell you there is a strong effort on the part of many Washington farmers to provide safe, healthy housing for the migrant workers.

    • Meghann
      July 13, 2012

      Hi Carly, The pickers are paid per bucket of what they pick. On average a picker makes roughly $125 per day, we were told of really good pickers who could make up to $225 per day. Minimum wage in Yakima Valley is $8.25-ish per hour and if for any reason the workers don’t pick enough to make minimum wage, Rainier will pay the rest to make sure those figures are met. That’s pretty rare though, considering most make more than that.

      50% are “guest workers” that are brought to Washington through a government sponsored program and the other 50% are locals. We actually covered a lot of the guest worker practices today, so I’ll be sure to include a lot more info in my next post.

  14. Meg
    July 13, 2012

    Soooo…Whole Foods sponsored this whole trip to Seattle for you, put you up in a nice B&B, took care of some very nice meals for you, flew you around in a helicoptor to visit the cherry fields and there’s not one word in this entire post about whether the growers for this distributor use sustainable farming practices or what kind of employment practices they follow – you know, for those seasonal migrant farm workers who “sleep, eat, and work at the fields through the season.” Crazy. I know this kind of stuff isn’t really the focus of your blog, but it just seems to fly in the face of everything I thought Whole Foods is supposed to be about. The idea of environmental and social responsibility is supposedly embedded in everything they do.

    • Meghann
      July 13, 2012

      Hi Meg, We went into a lot of detail about the seasonal workers today. I’ll be sure to address all of that in my afternoon post. Thanks.

  15. Lena @Fit on the Rocks
    July 13, 2012

    That is such a cool experience! I LOVE cherries (but not cherry pie or artificial cherry flavorings), so I would probably be going to town on those. They really hooked you guys up with some amazing meals, too.
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  16. Grace @ Grace Dishes
    July 13, 2012

    Gorgeous photos! I used to live in Seattle so your posts really take me back 🙂

    I love your helicopter ride recap because it reminds me of my first one last year in New Zealand! Isn’t it breath-taking!?

    I had no idea Rainier Cherries were a family business! Super cool!
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  17. Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing
    July 13, 2012

    Wow, what an action packed day! So cool that you were able to experience that. 🙂
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  18. Kelly
    July 13, 2012

    Very Cool!

  19. Sneakers2Sandals
    July 13, 2012

    Oh.My.Goodness! What a freaking cool experience!! I’m so happy for you to have experienced this. You’ll never forget this day 😛
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  20. Cait’s Plate
    July 13, 2012

    Sooooo jealous!!!
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  21. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City
    July 13, 2012

    What an awesome day! I looove cherries and would be so happy just sitting around picking/eating them all day :P.
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  22. Stephanie
    July 13, 2012

    I’m dying because you’re all over my hometown! If you’re staying at Birchfield Manor, which judging by the pictures and your mention of the hop fields, I think you are, say hi to my parents! They live at the end of Birchfield Road on the hill! You can totally see their house from where you are! Did you go to Ranier’s Orchards in Selah?

  23. Samantha
    July 13, 2012

    totally went to whole foods right as they opened to ensure i got the best cherries they had out. a little bit cherry obsessed here!

  24. Kristen
    July 13, 2012

    It’s official, you have the coolest job. EVER. I mean you get to do the most unique things…really makes me wish I enjoyed what I do. You are very lucky 🙂

  25. anne p
    July 13, 2012

    This is so freaking cool. Great overview and I’m so jealous of the helicopter!!

  26. Caroline
    July 13, 2012

    I’ve been eating lots of Rainier cherries the last few days and am loving them. Delicious! Thanks for sharing about the process from tree to store- so interesting. Have a great time out there:)

  27. Lea
    July 13, 2012

    I did the Rainer tour when we lived in Seattle! A friends husband works there at their headquarters, I learned to LOVE the Rainer white cherries! Too bad their so expensive in the east coast 🙂

  28. Annette @FitnessPerks
    July 13, 2012

    Oh WOW!! This looks like such an awesome day.

    Riding a helicopter is pretty cool. I love being that high up 🙂 We did it in Switzerland–so cool.
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  29. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers
    July 13, 2012

    How neat! I love the helicopter photos!
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  30. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    July 13, 2012

    I had no idea there were no many different kinds of cherries! I always just assumed sweet, sour and maraschino…so cool.

    And flying a helicopter…how many people can say they’ve done that? Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  31. Emily N
    July 13, 2012

    Oh WOW! Everything there is so cool! And I do love me some cherries!
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  32. Liz
    July 13, 2012

    I cannot understand how you get paid and selected to do these kinds of posts when you cannot proofread what you are getting PAID to do. Let me point out a few for you, and note some much needed corrections, or ask questions for clarity.
    “Rainier played the role of our AWESOME hosts today as [they] shared with us[] everything we wanted to know about cherries!”
    “One of my favorite perks of staying at a bed & breakfast is the delicious breakfast usually served in the morning.” Are you trying to say that B&Bs usually serve breakfast? Given that they are bed and breakfasts, this makes sense. Or do you mean that breakfast is usually served in the morning?
    “In theory, these weren’t the actual cherries we picked, but they could have just as easily been the same ones.” – I don’t think you mean in theory. In actuality, perhaps?
    “Each lot has its own list of specific defects that might be more predominant than [in] other[] [lots] that the sorters are asked to look out for. ”
    “I also loved the polenta, which was a little grindy, but not in a bad way.” Gritty? Grainy? I’m not sure grindy is a word used to describe food.
    It’s really not that hard.

    • Liz
      July 14, 2012

      So you fix some of them, but not all of them, and don’t edit your content without a disclaimer. Okay.

      • Laura
        July 14, 2012

        Can someone say bitch alert? Geez. If you don’t like what you’re reading go find another blog! Maybe you could start on about proper English usage since you’re such an expert! Ha! 🙂

      • Brianne
        July 14, 2012

        There is very terrible grammar and punctuation used on this blog and it is distracting from the content. It is really not to much to ask that Meaghan review the content before publishing. There are plenty of places that offer adult refresher courses in proper grammar if she has trouble catching the problem. Liz has a fair point, this is her job after all and not just a personal blog.

      • Liz
        July 14, 2012

        I love that there’s a typo in your comment about proper English usage. I guess you don’t notice all of the errors?
        Anyway, I think that because Meghann gets paid, and sponsored by major companies like Whole Foods (who paid for this trip) that she might make a little bit more of an effort to present something to them that was polished and reflective or something that they’d pay thousands of dollars for. I somehow don’t feel that a post that has this many errors would be a good investment of my money.

      • kate
        July 15, 2012

        good thing you aren’t investing in it, only your time 🙂 if you don’t think reading this is a good investment of your time, then don’t!

      • Erin
        July 16, 2012

        I enjoy reading Meghann’s blog, but I have to agree with Liz on this one…..I don’t think it’s that hard to proof read, Google, or hit spell check.

        It’s not a matter of being grammar patrol, being a bitch (Laura), or nit-picking. It is distracting to read a post full of errors and it takes away from the professionalism of the blog. I feel embarrassed for Meghann (as well as other bloggers) when I see these types of errors, especially since it’s so simple to just do a double check of the post or Google if you’re uncertain of a word. I mean, in any job, wouldn’t you want to come across as smart and not make silly errors?

        I can choose to NOT read Meghann’s blog, or any blog for that matter, but I don’t think expecting proper punctuation or grammar is too much to ask from someone who makes their living as a writer, is it?

  33. Karen
    July 13, 2012

    What a great post…thanks for sharing! 🙂

  34. Sharon Cash
    July 13, 2012

    Awesome post! Thanks for the recap on your cherry journey experience. I’m currently in love with Rainer cherries. Thanks for the tip on the 1 day sale. I’ll have to check with my local Whole Foods to see if they’re participating.

  35. Meghan
    July 13, 2012

    So this is unrelated to your cherry post (which I bought on the way into work this morning because of your blog :), but I saw this and thought of you. Not affiliated, didn’t even contribute… but it did seem like something that’d be perfect for your tris, and actually for most active women 🙂 Hope you have a safe flight back!


  36. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily
    July 13, 2012

    How freaking cool!!!
    I love cherries, we bought a giant bag the other day and they are just about gone.
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  37. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    July 13, 2012

    Ridin’ in style! How very cool. Love cherries and can’t wait for cherry season to start soon here. Fresh cherries picked off the tree are wayyyyy better than store bought!
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  38. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    July 13, 2012

    How fun!! Ive never been in to fresh cherries but maybe Ive just never gotten a good batch. Sometimes my local supermarket is iffy. Also, all of the food you are posting looks AMAZING!!
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  39. Liz
    July 13, 2012

    I’m thrilled to see commenters asking about the laborers! I work for a company that’s doing a huge push for farmworker welfare, and it always feels like a fringe issue. Seeing people ask about it here gives me hope that we can actually make a difference. Thanks Meals and Miles readers!
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  40. The Many Thoughts of a Reader
    July 13, 2012

    That food looked amazinggggg. Great information!
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  41. Cate
    July 13, 2012

    This is so neat! How cool that you got such a great opportunity to see how cherries the whole cherry growing/picking/shipping process works. It looks beautiful out there!
    I used to be really against cherries, I don’t really know why, but now they are definitely one of my favorite fruits. I didn’t know there were so many varieties either, very interesting.
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  42. Emma
    July 13, 2012

    What an awesome day! I never really thought about what’s involved with getting fruit from the tree to my refrigerator before.
    Also, super jealous that you got to fly in a helicopter! That sounds so cool!
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  43. Jaclyn
    July 13, 2012

    What a great post! Loved to see the entire process for the cherries. Do you ever just pinch yourself that you get to do these amazing adventures!?

  44. Dee
    July 14, 2012

    Hi Meghann,
    The one thing I was hoping to read about the most wasn’t addressed- but hopefully in next post?
    It is about the amount of pesticides used on cherries- I hear it’s bad and considered one of the dirty dozen.
    I would like to know what kind and how much pesticides are used by this company ( and why they annoy provide more affordable organic cherries)?
    I love cherries , but not sure that the large amount of pesticide we are ingesting is worth the taste of cherries longterm ( no matter how much we tr and rinse them off)!
    That’s my big concern about cherries ( but maybe company was trying to distract us from this major problem with helicopter rides and fancy dinners?)

  45. steph
    July 14, 2012

    Yum! I took advantage of yesterday’s Whole Foods sale and am wowed by the process. Very cool!
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  46. Emily P
    July 15, 2012

    by far, your coolest post yet! thanks for sharing 🙂

  47. Natasha @ Moody Girl in Style
    July 15, 2012

    It looks like you had an amazing time. I didn’t realize there were so many different steps to getting cherries to the grocery stores. I’m super jealous that you rode in and flew a helicopter. That’s pretty cool!
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