Yakima Valley Museum

The Journey of an Apple

From a tiny apple seed, the apple takes a long journey from the orchard to your house. See if you can find out about the journey of an apple in the exhibit at the Yakima Valley Museum. 
The Journey of an Apple

When you think Yakima, you think apples
.  But our valley was not always apple country.  In the 1870s the Yakima Valley was a cattle and sheep rancher’s paradise.  Wheat and fruit trees were planted by pioneer families for the sole purpose of adding variety to their diet.

By the 1880s people were noticing that Yakima Valley apples grew larger, colored up better, and had fewer blemishes than apples from the Midwest (where the fruit was a strong industry).  The Yakima Valley had fertile soils and a summer climate with long hot days and cool nights—perfect for apples.  The Yakima Valley soon realized that there was a national market for its apples.  After 1885 the new rail line through North Yakima provided the means to get the local apples to the rest of the country.  These markets demanded more and more Yakima Valley apples—so many that thousands of new residents were attracted to the Valley to feed the growing need.

Now Yakima is strongly associated with the apple.  Today there are over 78,000 acres of Yakima Valley apple orchard, where the fruit begins its journey from seed to store—apples are the core of our economy.  The Yakima apple industry still draws new residents to our Valley, and the apple continues to capture our imagination and attention.

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