Apples for vegetable and flower growers
publication date: Mar 1, 2019
Diversify your boxes and bouquets with apples and branches
Direct-market vegetable and flower growers who want to diversify their offerings should consider adding apples to their existing crop mix. Consumer demand is high, and the supply of locally-grown organic apples is often low. And apple branches can be a great filler for bouquets and arrangements anywhere from the flowering to early in the fruiting stage.
By combining varieties with different harvest times and using simple refrigerated storage, a grower can market apples for six months every year. As growers become increasingly concerned with excessive tillage, apples and other perennial crops offer a way to permanently protect vulnerable soils from erosion.
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