Aug. 10, 2020

Orchard Update: Episode 50

August is a busy month in the Superfresh Growers farms. We are harvesting four categories of Superfresh fruit simultaneously: cherries, blueberries, apples, and pears, and we are preparing for kiwi berries in September. We join Dave Gleason, Horticulturist and Proprietary Variety Developer, as he recaps the summer harvest so far, and discusses planning for the new crop apple season.

With cool nights, warm days, and plenty of water from the Cascade snow pack, Washington State is the best place to grow apples. It is also known for its sunlight, which produces large fruit and high sugar levels. Gleason uses a Cosmic Crisp® apple orchard as an example of the structural planning that goes into orchard building. With intense sun in mind, shade cloth is utilized to protect the apples, mitigating risks.