Two things I never expected to come appear together in a business item - Minnesota apples and the "Dancing With The Stars" TV show.
And yet they will come together on Oct. 16, when dancer Chelsie Hightower will make an appearance at the expo booth of an orchard that grows Minnesota's up and coming apple variety, SweeTango.
Get it? She's a dancer, right? And the tango is a dance, though in this case… uh… it really is an apple.
The SweeTango name for the University of Minnesota created apple variety came from Dennis Courtier, the president of Pepin Heights Orchards in Lake City.
Courtier also spearheaded the creation of the Next Big Thing cooperative of SweeTango growers that govern the growing and marketing of the apples, which are a cross between Honeycrisp and Zestar.
Now playing off that name, Hightower is slated to appear at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Atlanta later this month.
She'll be at the booth of Fowler Farms Of New York. Fowler is one of the 45 members of the Next Big Thing co-op.
I think there needs to be some sort of reality show competition to choose the best apple variety. It could be called "America's Next Top Apple."
Uh… or maybe not. Heh.