• Blake Slaybaugh, Young Grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Blake Slaybaugh, Young Grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

  • January 20th, 2015

grower / Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
age / 20
crops / apples, peaches
business / Mt. Ridge Farms
other experience / Blake is a fifth-generation orchardist and participated in a one-year internship as a research assistant with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission in Washington in 2014.

What differences do you see [...]

Michigan cider makers unite

  • January 15th, 2015

A small group of Michigan hard cider makers has started the Michigan Cider Association.

“The bylaws were signed during Expo,” said Mike Beck, owner of Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery & Distillery in St. Johns, Michigan.

Beck is president of the United States Association of Cider Makers and treasurer of the [...]

  • Lisa Perry, Young Grower from Odell, Oregon

Lisa Perry, Young Grower from Odell, Oregon

  • December 23rd, 2014

age / 26
crops / pears, apples, cherries, berries, peaches, nectarines
business / Cody Orchards and Farm Stand
other experience / Learning from her stepfather on the family farm

I’m a fourth generation fruit farmer. My father passed away. However, my stepdad has been fantastic letting me continue farming. I [...]

  • How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

  • December 16th, 2014

Earlier Good Fruit Grower articles have described the taste and horticultural traits of the recently commercialized apple cultivar WA 38. In this article, we want to focus on the unique qualities of WA 38 fruit during maturation and storage.

WA 38 trees have been grown in four grower sites across [...]