[NAFEX] Apple packer

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Wed Nov 23 11:03:36 EST 2005


I haven't seen a bushel of apples (or any other fruit, for that matter)
packed with a decorative paper ring around the inside of the basket for
years.  It was once common practice to use these scalloped collars when
fruit was packed in wooden baskets.  The paper rings often bore the name
of the grower or cooperative.   The ring might be a worthy contribution
to a history museum.  It's unfortunate you don't have some of the paper
collars as well. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Sam & Helen
Finazzo
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 6:21 PM
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Subject: [NAFEX] Apple packer


I still have my grandfather's ring-face, apple packer for making
decorative bushels of apple. The last time it was used had to be the
mid-1970s when my grandpa Pete would take the time to create these fancy
bushel displays for apples we'd take to the Minneapolis publi farmers
market.

I believe he originally acquired it when we worked for one of the
wholesale produce commission houses in Minneapolis back in the late
1920s. I understand it was a common way of packing apples at one time.

Does anyone know whether they are still used? How common were they? And
do they have some value as antiques now? Thanks for whatever information
you may provide.

Sam Finazzo
Fina Gardens
Hillsdale, WI
USDA Zone 3

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