A family company
Raintree Nursery is a family owned and operated company just north of Mount St. Helens, with one of the most diverse collections of edible plants the country has to offer. Since taking over in 2018, James and Rye Owen have been committed to helping people grow food at home. They believe that home-grown food is more than just a hobby, it is something that keeps humans tethered to the natural world, and is an ongoing experiment—the oldest experiment on earth.
In 1972, Sam Benowitz started Raintree with the mission of bringing the best edible plants from around the world to the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Sam and a few friends traveled to dozens of countries to collect unique and delicious plants to propagate here in the US. Thanks to Sam, American gardeners are able to grow plants they never would have dreamed of tasting from all around the globe.
The variety of produce grown for grocery stores is selected for two things: appearance and shelf life. At Raintree, our goal is to bring the other side of that coin to the American gardener. The variety of fruits we carry are also selected for two criteria: delicious taste, and ease of growing. We believe that good, delicious food should be accessible to everyone, which is why it is our mission to make growing food—good food, quality food, tasty food—at home possible for Americans who would otherwise have access to only to standard grocery-level produce.