Blogs

Making peace with pears

By |January 19th, 2015|

Being in a packing house at the height of harvest always amazes me. I am fascinated at all the [...]

A prize pick!

By |January 9th, 2015|

We asked 4-year-old Ciara Mullinax to pull a name from the hundreds of readers who entered our drawing for [...]

A first for 2015

By |January 1st, 2015|

January 1. Just writing that date stirs thoughts of what’s to come. Each year, we here at Good Fruit Grower put [...]

Schlect: On the docks

By |December 12th, 2014|

● This fall’s disruptions of ocean shipping–that have lacerated our tree fruit exports–beg for some type of long-term [...]

Vineyard, winery tour in southern France

By |December 1st, 2014|

Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a 12-day springtime tour in southern France to visit some of [...]

A bit of history with the O’Brien brothers

By |December 1st, 2014|

History runs deep in the O’Brien family’s orchards, which stretch along the lower Yakima River Valley just outside Prosser, [...]

Good Point: That unwashed grape

By |November 26th, 2014|

FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.

Schlect: Immigration

By |November 24th, 2014|

●  Now that President Obama has issued his executive order related to immigration, advocates for agricultural employers who have [...]

Schlect: Cow paths and ports

By |November 19th, 2014|

● A virtual shutdown of West Coast ports has severely damaged export efforts of our tree-fruit industry. Efforts [...]

Schlect: Elections aftermath

By |November 5th, 2014|

● Greg Walden (R/Oregon) should be happy today. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee sheparded his flock [...]