Elgin brings home 1st Chilean harvest
I thought this tidbit about Newton's favorite fruit was interesting.
I admit that I had no idea that Elgin-based Wescott had such a strong international reach.
And because of all the news in today's print edition, this column was cut back quite a bit for space reasons. So for any of my blog readers that want more than just a slice of the apple, here's the full manzana:
Fresh Honeycrisp apples from South America rolling onto produce shelves this month grew from roots in an Elgin orchard, at least figuratively.
"We are heavily involved in the Southern Hemisphere. We're not just a couple Minnesota orchards," says Fred Wescott, president of Wescott Agri Products.
Wescott's Honeybear Brands provides apples to many national retailers yearound.
After years of looking for just the right location to grow the apple developed at the University of Minnesota, Wescott's team found it in the southern part of Chile so that it could provide apples during more parts of the year.
"It is about providing the consumer the best fruit at any time of year," says Wescott.The Chilean Honeycrisps will go on sale at U.S. stores from May to July.
His operation also includes other U.S. growing sites, including the state of Washington.Those Honeybear apples add to the cycle of peak fruit going to retail customers.