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Have you tried our SweeTango(R) apples yet?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

According to a number of our customers, our SweeTango(R) apples are better than the ones they have purchased elsewhere.  This is interesting, since one objective of having a managed variety is to keep the quality standards up, no matter where the fruit is purchased.  Perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising, though, if you think about it.  Dave works hard to grow the best quality apples that he can, and spends a lot of time with the crew at harvest to ensure gentle handling.  The apples are promptly stored in our cooler.  When we take the apples to the market, it’s just a short little drive, and then our staff continue the gentle handling that prevents bruising.  The apples have traveled perhaps a mile from the tree to the consumer.

Contrast that with the grower who has to truck his apples long distances to a packing house, which then sorts and bags them and puts them in another truck to go to a store.  Bumpity-bump go the trucks over the roads.  The apples may get put in a large bin in the store, where customers can handle them roughly.  Hmmm.  No wonder there can be a qualitative difference.  There is nothing that’s quite as good as fresh from the orchard!

Website Home Page Photos

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Our updated home page photos show tasty fresh asparagus and apples (including Honeycrisp), a selection of gift baskets, lovely flower baskets, and a series of apples:  The trees which produce SweeTango(R) apples in glorious bloom (taken earlier), Dave checking the same trees for frost damage (taken May 16), and a photo of the apple orchard behind our home in Hart, Michigan (photo taken today, May 18).  

There were so many blossoms on the young trees which will produce SweeTango(R) apples, that the frost damage we received appears to have thinned them down just about right.  When young branches are covered with apple blossoms, having 19 out of 20 blooms frozen is not so bad; the tree would not be able to support the fruit if they all came to maturity.  The frost may have scarred the surface of the remaining fruit; it is too early to tell.   (It’s amazing to cut open the newly developing apple, maybe 1/8″ diameter, and to see the five seed compartments filled with teeny tiny white seeds!)  Now, if we lost 19 out of 20 blooms on cherry trees, that would be a devastating crop loss.  Each type of fruit has its own individual parameters.

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