Out of the Orchard

Forecasts, Trends, and Hot Topics for 2011

By |January 31st, 2011|

As we enter the new year, it seems as though many pundits are predicting the hot trends and topics [...]

Pie shooters and other great trends

By |January 25th, 2011|

This past week, the Cherry Marketing Institute held its 22nd annual meeting in Traverse City, Michigan. We presented a [...]

Full Disclosure and Open Transparency

By |January 19th, 2011|

Now that the U.S. Government has passed the long-awaited food-safety legislation that has been many years in the making, [...]

Cherry Institute

By |January 11th, 2011|

Winters seem to pass more quickly every year. As most know … winter is officially “meeting time” in the [...]

New Year, New Congress

By |January 4th, 2011|

The year 2011 will be a challenge for our industry as we enter into an era of reduced spending [...]

Thank You Growers

By |December 14th, 2010|

Recently growers received a mailing from the Washington Apple Commission outlining the need to have accurate and up-to-date addresses [...]

Celebrate National Pear Month

By |December 2nd, 2010|

Once again this year, at the behest of the Pear Bureau, the USDA has named December “National Pear Month”. [...]

Colombia market vulnerable

By |November 23rd, 2010|

Having just returned from Colombia, Washington’s largest South American apple market, I realized I was witnessing the deterioration of [...]

Yes We Can…

By |November 1st, 2010|

In recent years, my wife Maggie and I have canned peaches, tomatoes, and asparagus. Maggie comes from a large [...]

China, continued….

By |October 18th, 2010|

I would like to point out the labor-intensive methodology of harvest, to storage, to packing. The first packer asks [...]