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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Industry veteran is new CEO

  • November 1st, 2009

With more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of the tree fruit industry, Keith Mathews became CEO in October for the new marketing firm, FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.

Mathews was executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association for the past two years, and for five years in the [...]

Good Job – November

  • November 1st, 2009

Mathews CEO at FirstFruits
Keith Mathews, former executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association, is the new CEO at FirstFruits Marketing of Washington, a new marketing firm in Yakima that opened for business in August.

Mathews began work at FirstFruits October 1 and will be responsible for strategically recruiting [...]

Quick Bites – November

  • November 1st, 2009

Teeple chairs USApple
John Teeple of Teeple Farms, Inc., Wolcott, New York, chairs the U.S. Apple Association for 2009-2010. He succeeds Bruce Grim, Entiat, Washington.

Teeple, a third-generation grower, grows more than 15 varieties of apples on his 400 acres of orchard in upstate New York. He’s a member of [...]

Quick Bites

  • September 1st, 2009

Big Gala crop

The Washington State apple industry expects to harvest 107 million boxes of fresh apples this fall, according to the first official estimate compiled in August. That would be a 2 percent drop from last season’s record 109-million-box crop.

The Gala crop will be the largest ever at close [...]

In the Box

  • September 1st, 2009

Dear Good Fruit Grower:
There is not enough space in your publication to praise, brag, nor describe the impact that Dr. Joe Sabol has made on California agriculture. Dr. Joe is a teacher’s teacher. He is a prime motivator, educator, and mentor of most of California’s agriculture faculty. He [...]

Good Point – Jennifer Witherbee

  • August 1st, 2009

It’s almost time to send the Washington Apple Education Foundation’s 2009 crop of scholarship winners off on their college adventures.

I am excited to report that this year, 100 students will enter college campuses with financial support from the tree fruit industry. They include our future horticulturalists, engineers, lawyers, teachers, [...]

  • Hot spot for Pinot Noir

Hot spot for Pinot Noir

  • August 1st, 2009

Lois and Mike Thiede’s Ginkgo Forest Winery is near the Petrified Ginkgo Forest State Park. They have planted hundreds of ginkgo trees near the winery to create their own “ginkgo forest.”

What started out as a challenge to prove someone wrong turned into an award-winning Pinot Noir wine—made in the [...]

  • Wine with a cause

Wine with a cause

  • August 1st, 2009

Winery owners Stacy Lill (left) and Kathy Johanson provide mentoring and scholarships for young women.

The idea was hatched on Halloween night, 2006. Over dinner with their husbands, long-time pals Kathy Johanson and Stacy Lill decided to establish a winery for a good cause; specifically, to fund college scholarships for [...]

  • Sweet Skylar Rae

Sweet Skylar Rae

  • August 1st, 2009

Skylar Rae cherries about a week before harvest. In tests, the soluble solids have been as high as 30° Brix.

If you were designing the perfect cherry, you might want one that looks similar to Rainier, but brighter colored. It would ripen a couple of weeks earlier, to get a [...]

  • From wines to spirits

From wines to spirits

  • July 1st, 2009

Rusty Figgins plans to be selling apple eau-de-vie and other clear, unaged brandy products later this year.

Berle “Rusty” Figgins, Jr., wants to be the first in Washington State to commercially produce and legally sell fine brandy made from Washington apples and grapes. He’s establishing distilleries in Ellensburg and Mattawa, [...]

Global wine perspective

  • July 1st, 2009

German-born Thomas Henick-Kling developed an interest and appreciation for wine at a young age. When he was just 16, he began accompanying his wine-loving father, a justice of the peace in a lower court, on wine-buying trips, tasting and buying wines from local producers. (In Germany, 16-year-olds can legally [...]

In the Box

  • July 1st, 2009

Dear Good Fruit Grower:

If Ben Mann (cover artist, June 2009 Good Fruit Grower) were working for me, he would be immediately given his final check and asked to not come back.

Perhaps, on a good day, I would first ask him to re-read our printed ladder safety manual, and give [...]