dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Mon Jan 1 14:34:24 EST 2007
Honeycrisp have actually been around for about 10 years now, but have only
reached popularity in the past 3 to 4 years in northern Illinois. Here at
Royal Oak Farm we have been taking our Red Delicious and replacing with
Honeycrips and have over 1,000 trees that are at 3rd and 4th leaf. We have
never been able to meet the demand for them and don't charge as much as most
places. This past season, other growers were asking around $35 - $37 per
bushel wholesale. I had customers tell me they paid as high as $120 per
bushel retail! I can't justify that kind of price for a Honeycrisp. Our
Jonagored (Stark Bros. Jonagold) and our Senshu (Toko & Fuji cultivar) have
been blind taste tested with honeycrisp and folks could not tell which one
was honeycrisp! We have been charging around $75 per bushel for our
honeycrisp and will probably stay in that range this 2007 season. This
coming spring we have another 500 honeycrisp planned for planting. We'll
keep planting more trees to keep up with demand instead of raising prices to
a ridicules level!
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard MURPHY
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 10:56 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Honeycrisp
Hello Doreen, Spidra, Bob, and everyone.
Thanks for the callback. I will try a couple Pixies, in spite of the zone
5 rating they usually get; sometimes this is conservative....it happens
Honeycrisp also stopped me in my tracks at the store, Spidra. Beautiful !
I agree 100%. Who knows where they were from?
They were shockers. Then, on a couple of occasions, I've seen a couple of
bins of what I thought were big ugly-duckling Mac culls, that turned out to
be Honeycrisps. Really strange. It may have to do with trace minerals in the
soil, or something like that according to a Cornell paper I was reading. I
will be watching the growers in my area to learn more about this. It might
turn out to be an easy fix. They are one of the nicest tasting / pleasing to
eat apples I've ever had, and there is a bag of them in my fridge....even at
the higher price.
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