[NAFEX] More on Ribes

Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Sat Sep 26 11:02:02 EDT 2009

I've got some emails that Ed sent me, archived on the
computer at work; I'll forward 'em to you if there's
anything good in there.  He's the one who originally
suggested Glenndale to me - and it may have been one
of the varieties he sent several years back when I
traded him some acorns & seednuts for some gooseberry
& currant cuttings.
I've not heard from Ed in at least 2 or 3 years, and
his Northumberland Berryworks website doesn't look
like it's got much more than a homepage, put up in 2006.

I don't remember if Richard Moyer has weighed in on
this discussion or not - he was up in the
Bristol/Kingsport area for years, and did a
sabbatical out at Corvallis, I think, and has grown
several gooseberry varieties.


------- Original Message -------
>From    : Kieran &/or
Donna[mailto:holycow at frontiernet.net]
Sent    : 9/26/2009 9:42:52 AM
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Subject : RE: Re: [NAFEX] More on Ribes


I have found several PDF files that I don't 
seem to be able to get a web address for.  If you use
this one, you go to 
Ohio State and you can do a search for gooseberries.
 There are several 
articles available there, the one you want is Fruit
ICM News.  It's Ed 
Mashburn talking about Ribes apparently grown and
observed at his Northumberland 
Berry Works in PA.  First off I notice that he's been
testing a lot of the 
same vars that KY did. I think Ed started it.  I note
that both Ed and KY 
are aiming at commercial production.  I don't know
why Glenndale was not 
tested, it may have a small berry or poor color? 
Anyway, what I liked 
about Ed's speech is that one of the two versions of
it is updated in italics, 
with comments about poor flavor and disease problems
that was not covered in the 
original.  the original paper came out 2002, the
other a few months later 
in 03.  I like at least knowing why certain varieties
are being tested and 
by whom.  We are all a little like sheep, it's best
to follow where others 
have succeeded, but at least now I know who the sheep
are that I am 
following.  I'd like a better look at where the
others had trouble, so I 
don't try  going that way.  But I also want to know
what they have NOT 
tried.  The lack of any mention of Glenndale is
interesting.  I wonder 
if Ed tried it, and others, that were found too
sickly to be of interest.  
Does anyone know how to get hold of his literature,
besides this paper on the 
successes?     Donna 

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