Interesting - from a commercial
standpoint. I notice they're still growing Romeâ€™s
, and â€˜herâ€™ trees looked fairly old; no longer 'cutting edge' commercial varieties, but like she said, they're growing them for processing, not fresh eating.
I found her labor comment interesting... My parentsâ€™ harvested apples shortly after they were married. The growers provided cabins as the pickers stayed through the harvest. And her comment about "American's" no longer finding apple harvesting "Their cup-a-tea" may reflect as much on the growerâ€™s unwillingness to pay a wage that allows average Americans the finical ability to take off a couple weeks in the fall to harvest apples...
And her complaint about receiving the same payment for their crop now as they did 20 - 25 years ago doesnâ€™t jive with what I've seen in the cost of 'eating apples.' We're now paying twice
what we did a decade ago for the few Hood River apples we'll buyâ€¦ I suggest growers increase their price, and pay their pickers. And rising fuel costs should make it less likely bulk apples will be imported to compete with â€˜homegrown.â€™
The 'guy's' comment about "Cardboard" tasting Washington State
apples may reflect the difference in Oregon strawberry's vs. their California counterparts. Climatically stressed fruit is generally more flavorful than its heat & water fed counterparts. As verified by a local (Ore.) Extension Service agent, even our 'Filberts' (Hazelnuts
) taste better than those grown in CA, because of the climatic stress. So... Virginia grown apples may have more character than WA grown apples?
apple list was interesting; it included everything but my current favorite: Braeburn
. This guy needs to get out more! I had my first "Pink Lady" a couple of weeks ago in Portland. My Sister actually bought it for me â€¦ as I refused to pay even more for a fad. I can remember nothing outstanding, and I tried
Here again, a commercial testimonial - but interesting all the same.