[NAFEX] Fruity Opinions Wanted !!!
griffingardens at earthlink.net
Fri Jun 3 12:41:55 EDT 2005
I'd include Mesabi on this list - the duke cherry that most resembles
Meteor. The fruit ripens later (less bird pressure) and while it is
slightly smaller, it has a smaller pit too and is less acidic. The tree is
second to Evans in this group for hardiness and larger than Meteor but not
as big as Montmorency. Very consistently productive with fruit than hangs
well when ripe.
I'm glad I don't have to choose between a tart cherry and a plum, or
between plum and cherry cultivars either for that matter.
> [Original Message]
> From: Erdman, Jim <ErdmanJ at uwstout.edu>
> To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 6/3/05 10:54:19 AM
> Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Fruity Opinions Wanted !!!
> I would be tempted to try both.
> I really like sour or pie cherries--we grow or have grown Montmorency,
Meteor, and North Star, and I planted some Evans this spring. They are
delicious fresh or frozen and don't need additional sugar unless you are
making a cherry pie. The problem is the labor involved in picking them. I
have a friend with a small cherry orchard in Door county, Wisconsin, and
they use a mechanical tree-shaking picker but have gone to a pick-your-own
operation in recent years, along with a roadside stand, instead of
marketing through the local co-op.
> After finally getting a couple of crops from two plum trees, have also
planted more plums--our orchard is just for our own use, by the
way--because fresh tree ripened plums are a real treat.
> I think that plums and pie cherries could be marketed to customers
interested in good quality tasty fresh fruit.
> Jim Erdman, zone 4, Western Wisconsin, an hour east of St. Paul, Minn.
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Richard MURPHY
> Sent: Thu 6/2/2005 9:29 PM
> To: nafex
> Subject: [NAFEX] Fruity Opinions Wanted !!!
> Hello Again, Clan;
> I'm asking for your opinions, if you have a moment.............
> I'm trying to plan another section of the orchard in zone 4, Maine, and
interested in your comments.
> The purpose is to supply a roadside stand (tourist & local) and Farmers
> There are already 90 apple trees of various distinctions; no supermarket
> The lot is 30,000 square feet, good slope SSE, good sun, clayish soil.
> Question: If you had to choose between a tart cherry (Evans, Meteor, etc)
or a Plum (Stanley, Mt. Royal, etc) which would you choose?? Maybe neither?
> PS: Last year I did a 'Fruit Buying Habits' questionnaire survey at
work. 70 people responded to a number of market questions with various
answers. Anybody interested in seeing the results?
> Thanks as usual for the comments; good or bad. Actually, there are no bad
comments, are there........
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