A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.

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  • Eastern organic apples

Eastern organic apples

  • May 1st, 2012

Until now, Owens has worked with orchards established conventionally and converted to organic.

This year, Anthony Owens will start his second decade as a grower of organic apples. That’s likely a record for his location.

Back in 2001, Owens and a few other growers in Henderson County, North Carolina, decided to [...]

  • Eye-to-eye with consumers

Eye-to-eye with consumers

  • April 1st, 2012

The bin porch offers customers a wide choice, and they can buy any mixture at a fixed price for a full bag. On this day, there were 17 varieties of apples and pears for sale.
Richard Lehnert

What better way for a fruit grower to experience the true feel of [...]

  • Last Bite–From refugee to cherry breeder

Last Bite–From refugee to cherry breeder

  • March 1st, 2012

Dr. Charles Lapins selected the Lapins cherry more than 40 years ago.

Charles Lapins came to North America as a farm laborer after World War II, not suspecting that his name would ultimately be known to cherry growers the world over.

Lapins, whose real name was Karlis O. Lapins, grew up [...]

  • Parallel PEAKS

Parallel PEAKS

  • March 1st, 2012

Orchardist John McQuaig hopes hisbook will help people hold onto their dreams and keep heading upward in their business pursuits.
Geraldine Warner

Entrepreneur, orchardist, and mountaineer John McQuaig dreamed for years of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

He finally reached the false summit, Gilman’s Point, at an elevation of 18,651 feet, [...]

  • A flair for selling fruit

A flair for selling fruit

  • February 15th, 2012

Left: Sidney Kuhn, 32, owns the direct marketing arm of Kuhn Orchards. Right: David Wenk and uncle carry on the family farm that dates to 1796. Richard Lehnert Sidney Kuhn and Ben Wenk are neighbors, as the crow flies, but they’re 15 miles [...]

  • New generation  finds marketing niche

New generation finds marketing niche

  • February 15th, 2012

Sidney, left, her father David, and Katy Lesser Clowney sort apples that have come back from the market unsold. They may go to Knouse Foods, the cider mill, or into the cull bin. Richard Lehnert Before joining the family business at Cashtown, Pennsylvania, Sidney Kuhn [...]

  • Retail is cool

Retail is cool

  • February 15th, 2012

Ben, 26, carries on the transition from growing fruit for processing to growing fruit for retail sales Richard Lehnert What Ben Wenk is building on has been a long time in the making.     His father, Dave, came back to the family business [...]

  • In The Box

In The Box

  • February 1st, 2012

Brothers Mark, Ted, David, and John Rice were named Good Fruit Growers of the Year for 2011. They are the seventh generation of the family to grow apples in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

More acclaim for the Rice family
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

I could not agree with you more in choosing [...]

  • Honoree is a survivor

Honoree is a survivor

  • February 1st, 2012

Rob Andrews, holding what was once a Merlot vine, said they wasted no time reworking their Merlot blocks, which were hit hardest by the November 2010 freeze. By October, suckers had already been retrained up to the wire.

In a normal year, trying to catch Rob Andrews in the thick [...]

Good Job

  • February 1st, 2012

Lewis receives Latino award
Karen Lewis, Washington State University tree fruit regional extension specialist, has been honored with the first annual Latino Leadership Award from the Washington State Horticultural Association.

The award was established at the suggestion of retiring association president West Mathison to recognize Latino people working in the [...]

  • Outlook improves for N.C. growers

Outlook improves for N.C. growers

  • January 15th, 2012

It took some land leveling to make a place for the Apple Wedge packing house.
Richard Lehnert

The view from the high hill behind the packing shed at Apple Wedge Packing is worth climbing to see. Until two years ago, stunning views like that were one of the reasons owner [...]

  • In the box

In the box

  • January 15th, 2012

Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

For some in Washington State, the selection of the Rice family as the Good Fruit Grower magazine’s highest honor might come as a surprise in that they, first, are a fruit-­growing family outside of our state, and second, they do [...]