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 [...]

Free ag business training

  • October 22nd, 2013

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is offering a day of free training for agricultural businesses on November 15 in Tumwater, Washington. A total of 19 classes will be offered on many topics including: the nuts and bolts of a business start-up, options for young [...]

Tucker Cellars finds niche

  • October 18th, 2013

Third-generation wine grape grower Randy Tucker has made wine in Washington’s Yakima Valley for 30 years. Through the decades, he’s changed business plans at Tucker Cellars to fine-tune the winery’s market niche, but he’s now facing one of the biggest changes as he approaches retirement.

Randy’s grandparents Melvin and Vera [...]

Finding the sweet spot

  • October 18th, 2013

As a grower and marketer of premium tree fruits for the fresh market, Craig Campbell had to adjust his mindset when he got into the cider-making business.

For fresh apples, he carefully monitors fruit maturity so he can pick at the best time, depending on when they’ll go to market.

For [...]

They like it fresh

  • October 17th, 2013

If you’re a person who doesn’t like tattoos and body piercings, looks suspiciously at people with dark skin, doesn’t like to hear people speaking languages other than English, and hates people who text message while in conversation with you, you’re in for a troubled future.

“Get over it.”

That’s the advice [...]