How do I order your fruit?

You can place an order by phone: 541-298-1660 during our office hours.

 

June-December

Monday - Friday: 8am-5pm

Saturdays: 9am-4pm

Closed Sundays

 

January-May

Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm

Closed: Saturday & Sunday

 

You can also fax your order to 541.298.4158 or e-mail it to info@muirheadcanning.com

 

Where does the fruit come from?

From the best growers in the Northwest!

 

What is the difference between your syrups?

Light Syrup: Offers a hint of sweetness. We use between 1 1/2 - 2oz of real sugar (not corn syrup) in each 28oz. can. Heavy Syrup: Contains more sugar (2 1/4 - 3oz) and blends well into many of your favorite dessert recipes. Splenda Pack: Also known as Sucralose. A no-calorie sweetener suitable for use with sugar restricted diets. Water Pack: Nothing but fruit and water! Especially food for sugar-free diets. It allows the full natural flavors of the fruit to come through.

 

How long are cans good for?

Three years.

 

What is the difference between fruit in a can and fruit in a jar?

When fruit is sealed in a tin can light cannot reach the fruit therefore citric or ascorbic acid isn't needed to prevent the fruit from darkening. All you find in our cans is fruit, water, and sweetener if you choose.

 

Are tin cans safe?

Yes. We do recommend transferring any unused portion of your canned fruit into a non-reactive (glass or plastic) storage container and then refrigerating. This prevents the fruit from taking on a metallic taste as the exposure to air begins an oxidative process.

 

How will I receive my fruit?

There are three different ways. Please specify which method you will be using when you place your order.

1. Pick Up. If you live close to The Dalles or will be traveling through The Dalles, you are welcome to come directly to the cannery and pick up your order. The is great for viewing the canning process during the season.

2. Shipped. We ship parcels via Fed Ex. Prices vary from location to location so please call us for an accurate quote. 541-298-1660.

3. Delivery. If you live in our delivery area, we make one large delivery run throughout the month of November and into December. During that time you may click here for delivery date estimates.

 

What is there to do in The Dalles?

We're probably partial to The Dalles because we live here...but it's GREAT! We're located in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge which offers ample outdoor activities from hiking to windsurfing. Depending on the season, there are many different festivals to attend and there are always fun shops to browse such as Klindt's in downtown The Dalles - it's the oldest bookstore in Oregon! Click here to visit The Dalles Chamber of Commerce website for current activities going on in the area. www.thedalleschamber.com

 

Where are you located?

We are located at 5267 Mill Creek Rd., approximately 3 miles south of I-84, in beautiful The Dalles, Oregon. Clear days bring a beautiful country drive looking right at Mt. Hood and the surrounding orchard-studded hills. Driving directions to the cannery (we are about 10 minutes from the freeway):

 

Eastbound I-84

Exit #83

At stop sign turn left.

Turn right at light onto Webber St..

Go to stop sign at 10th St.

Left on 10th to second stop sign.

Right on Mt. Hood St. (this becomes Mill Creek Rd.).

Travel 3 miles, Muirhead Canning Co. will be on the right hand side.

 

What makes your fruit so delicious?

Several things. First, we start with the finest fruit around. We only can FRESH, RIPE fruit...the kind of fruit you would want to slice and eat right on the spot. Second, we can our fruit in a process that is very similar to home canning. We never use chemicals to peel our fruit and we pack each can by hand. And last, but not least, we use sugar, not corn syrup to sweeten our syrup. It's a big difference that you can taste.

 

Why is fruit out of stock?

Living in a country with 24 hour supermarkets stocked with food from around the world, it can be difficult to understand how a food item could be "out of stock" not for a few days but for a few months! We are a small cannery (our output for our entire canning season equals one DAY's output for a big-name fruit cannery) and source our fruit from local growers. This means that we offer the best fruit available but that we, just like our growers, are at the mercy of Mother Nature. If there is a late spring freeze and half of the cherry crop is ruined, that means that we won't be able to can as many cherries that year. In any given year a crop may fall short and so may our production of a specific fruit. We try to can enough fruit to have ample supplies for the entire year but we will occasionally fall short. We appreciate your understanding and want to assure you that it is never our intention to run out of fruit!

 

Tip: We encourage you to pre-order in late spring or early summer to ensure you receive your fruit. If a crop is short, we may begin to run out by early fall.