DeRuiter Farms, Inc. was a dream of Herman DeRuiter. Being raised on a farm, he always wanted to be involved in agriculture. After serving his country during the Korean War, Herman returned home with his family, only to find that there wasn't enough income to support them on the original homestead. Herman worked 20 years at Sealed Power Corp. in Muskegon, Michigan and saved up enough money to buy our first farm in 1967. A combination of good crops, and good prices allowed the farm to grow. Rich graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1976 and got married to Laura in 1978. After some strategic planning, they decided to process their own product. In 1984, pitters were installed on the current site. Michael and Bryan, who are Rich's sons, worked on the farms all of their lives. They are both married to Amanda and Tera respectively, and decided to join the farm. Rich's daughter Marie attended Grand Valley University and pursed a degree in marketing. Michael graduated from Grand Valley University earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration, while Bryan graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, and a Masters of Accounting Degree from Grand Valley University. With a total family effort, DeRuiter Farms Inc. is well postured to meet the needs of the industry now and in the future. In 2013, Michael and Amanda welcomed the next generation of DeRuiter's into the family.
DeRuiter Farms, Inc. grows tart cherries, sweet cherries, peaches, and many varieties of apples.
DeRuiter Farms, Inc. strives for premium quality through our commitment to best practices from our field operations all the way through to our highly valued customers.
-Our farm operations are all MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) certified. The farm has also been USDA GAP approved, as well as Primus at the farm level.
-Our processing operation is SQF approved, and has been AIB Internation certified with a "Superior" rating in the past. We are also HACCP certified, Kosher certified, and USDA approved.