H&W Farms started in 1970 as a partnership between Clayton Heffron, and his cousin Johnny Wittenbach. In 1978, Clayton's son-in-law George Wright joined the partnership, by 1981 Clayton's only son Tim Heffron joined the growing family farm. Clayton, Johnny, and George, have all since retired. Tim Heffron is now managing the farm operation.
With a growing consumer demand for natural health alternatives, H&W began selling Montmorency Cherry Juice Concentrate. The Concentrate comes from ours and our affiliated Cherry Central cooperative members' cherries, concentrated and barreled, then packaged by us for our customers. With a desire to offer more products directly to the customer, H&W opened a year-round farm market, inspired by Clayton’s daughter Sheila Wright in 2000. The market today includes seasonally fresh fruits, frozen fruits, dried fruits, and jarred products; as well as many other interesting, healthy and crafty items of interest.
H&W has their own orchards, apple packing and cherry pitting facility. Their apples are marketed to stores such as Kroger, Spartan, Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Save-a-Lot, and many other national and international retailers; all wearing the marketing brand of “North Bay Produce”.
We continue to evolve with the latest food security protocols passing annual USDA inspections on our cherry line and annual third party ranch and apple packing house certifications.