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Visions of Canyon County
The first cherry and apple trees were planted at Williamson Orchards in Sunnyslope in 1920. Nearly 100 years later, the orchard has changed and diversified, but it’s still a tight-knit, family operation.
“Everything we have here is local. We probably stay within 10 miles with a lot of the produce, most coming from the Sunnyslope region.” said Beverly Williamson, great niece of the original 1909 homesteaders, the Gammons.
In 2011, the family sold part of the orchard, going from employing 300 during the peak season to about 40 people during the peak and eight to 10 year round.
Like many growers in the region, the Williamsons added vineyards in 1998. By 2001 the family released its first wine, a cabernet sauvignon. Ten years later, they make 11 types of wine and produce about 1,200 cases.
Beverly’s sister, Emily Williamson (below), took a break from sorting fruit to join her dog, Sookie, for a photo in front of the 1912 barn that holds the year-round fruit stand.
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