• No ban on small cherries

No ban on small cherries

  • December 19th, 2013

Washington’s fresh cherry packers will continue to be allowed to ship 12-row red cherries, members of the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee decided at their meeting in early December.

The committee commissioned economist Dr. Desmond O’Rourke to study the financial impact on the industry of shipping 12-row cherries, the smallest size [...]

Feedback wanted on Washington’s consolidation plan

  • December 6th, 2013

Four Washington tree fruit industry organizations will consolidate next summer, and the question now is how best to do it, Robert Kershaw told members of the Washington State Horticultural Association at their annual meeting.

“People keep asking me what are the odds of this coming together,” he said. “It’s a [...]

  • The Cold Train

The Cold Train

  • December 1st, 2013
Since early in 2010, more produce--including apples--has been hauled east by rail.

Farmers’ markets provide feedback

  • November 22nd, 2013
Steve Chinchiolo of River Bend Orchards in Ripon, California, has sold fruit through farmers’ markets since the late 1980s. While the direct marketing represents only a small portion of his total crop sales, the markets connect him with consumers and marketing trends.

Today, they sell both organic and conventional [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • November 18th, 2013

Early Pink Lady
An early maturing selection of Pink Lady (cultivar Cripps Pink) is available from Brandt’s Fruit Trees in Yakima, Washington.

The selection matures up to three weeks earlier than the standard Pink Lady. Another distinction is that while standard Cripps Pink sometimes needs to be stored for a [...]

Cider business flourishes

  • November 18th, 2013

Hard cider is a burgeoning industry in the Pacific Northwest, with 32 cideries at last count. But most people who learn how to make cider don’t give a thought to where they’re going to obtain the apples, says Sharon Campbell, co-owner of Tieton Cider Works near Yakima, Washington. “They assume [...]

  • Hort Show  time!

Hort Show time!

  • November 18th, 2013
Washington and Michigan kick off the winter meeting season with packed programs.

Michigan apple industry sets shipment record

  • October 23rd, 2013

The Michigan apple industry set new shipment records two weeks in a row in October, shipping 414,702 boxes of apples the week of October 12. According to the USDA-MDA Market News Service, the organization that tracks shipment numbers, the Michigan apple industry shipped 411,973 boxes of apples [...]