Our Staff

Detering Orchards isn't just a business, it's a tradition of service to our community since 1934. Like an honored houseguest, when you come to visit our farm we want to make sure you feel welcomed and appreciated. We have the friendliest and most helpful staff around, so we'd like to induce you to some of them :


Name: Stephen Demergasso
Job Title: Owner, Director of Operations
Time at Company: Since 2017
Background: Stephen comes from a family of farmers. His grandparents immigrated from Italy and planted peach and cherry farms in California, and his parents farmed hazelnuts and blueberries in the Willamette Valley. After a brief stint working as a tax accountant in Seattle, Stephen decided to return to his roots and try his own hand at farming. Stephen oversees the day-to-day operations of the farm and is focused on creative ways to grow the operation.

Name: Cynthia Dixon
Job Title: Retail Manager
Time at Company: Since age 13
Background: Cindy's family moved from Wisconsin to Oregon when she was around 13 years old and she started working at Detering Orchards a short time later. She runs most of the operations around Detering's fruit stand, including U-Pick sales. She loves to dance, watch football (Go Ducks!), cook, eat lobster and take walks. She is a deeply religious person and says about herself, "My belief in Jesus is most important to me". Her favorite saying is "Always count your blessings".

Name: Brittany Burr
Job Title: Assistant Retail Manager
Time at Company: Since 2003
Background: Brittany manages the Cider Barn and assists in running other stand operations. She enjoys interacting with all of the Detering customers and getting to see the familiar faces (and new ones too!) each season. Her favorite time of the year is October when pumpkins are ready and Bosc pears are ripe. She hopes to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelors in Education and get a job teaching a first or second grade class.

Name: Juan Damian
Job Title: Field Manager
Time at Company: Since 2000
Background: Juan is in charge of the field crew and making sure all produce gets planted on time and is properly cared for. He is usually seen driving a big red tractor. He works long days to ensure that we continue to have the top quality produce we are known for.

Name: Abel Damian
Job Title: Assistant Field Manager
Time at Company: Since 2000
Background: Abel works as Juan’s right hand man. He is an extremely hard worker, and like Juan, is often seen driving a tractor as well. He assists in managing the field crew and makes sure that the stand has whatever produce they need to keep everything properly stocked & fresh.

Name: Alyssa Freemans
Job Title: Sales Associate
Time at Company: Since 2015
Background: Alyssa will likely be helping you at the register as you check out. She stays on top of making sure every customer has their questions answered and is helped in a timely fashion. She enjoys long walks in our orchards, and reading novels in the shade of trees while she’s not working. She loves making jams, pies, and baking anything and everything with our produce. She plans on graduating in 2019 from Oregon State University where she is currently studying English & Education in the hopes of becoming a language arts middle school teacher.

Name: Ella Jones
Job Title: Sales Associate
Time at Company: Since 2015
Background: Ella is one of the first friendly faces you will see as you shop the stand. She works quickly to ensure that our produce stays and stocked and fresh at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable and is the first to offer a recommendation on choosing and using our fresh fruits and vegetables.

Serving the Willamette Valley since 1934