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Thursday is Local Grower’s Day
March 3, 2011, 12:50 am
Filed under: KSUT fund-drive

Our Thursday Day Sponsor is Four Corners Ag Expo as we celebrate our extended community of local growers. Check out our great guests and prizes throughout the day:

Elizabeth Testa from Four Corners Ag Expo co-hosts Morning Edition with Bruce Campbell. Jude Schuenmeyer from Let It Grow Nursery and Garden Market will join them by phone.

Our Morning Edition prize is: Two 4-day passes to the Four Corners Ag Expo, including a private reception with Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar; plus, a very rare, exotic Raspberry Apple tree and a garden spade from Let It Grow – more on the tree below! Don’t miss Jude’s explanation at 8:30 AM.

We’ll have great music offerings throughout the day and a Bob Marley Radio Special at noon.

David Arnold of Wines of the San Juans joins Jen Simon around All Things Considered from 4-6 PM.

Our Day Prize is: over $1000 in Farmer’s Market bucks good at area Farmer’s Markets in Aztec, Pagosa, Durango, Farmington, Cortez and Ignacio.  Plus a beautiful handmade African Food Basket from the Aztec Farmer’s Market. The drawing takes place at 6 PM.

Now, about that Raspberry Apple Tree, per Jude Schuenmeyer:

The Raspberry Apple was one of many Russian apple varieties brought into this country in 1870 by the Department of Agriculture. These trees were meant to meet the demand for cold hardy apple varieties for farmers settling the upper mid-west. Though considered a high quality fruit the Raspberry Apple never caught on to any great extent either commercially or in home orchards. S.A. Beach gives a brief mention to this apple in the authoritative work Apples Of New York from 1903. I think that Stark Brothers did offer this apple for a time. To the best of my knowledge (which exists with many holes) there is at least one Raspberry Apple tree somewhere in Utah. There is another just up the road from Let It Grow. We found out about this tree through our work with the Montezuma County Historical Society a couple of years ago out at Four States Ag Expo. I believe the original tree to be about one hundred years old. Next to the Raspberry Apple is another rare variety, an Early Strawberry Apple. It is unimaginable to have these two varieties side by side but there they are. The grandchildren of the first settlers of that farm still live in the area.

The tree that we are giving to you was grafted last year from the original tree. It is about a foot or two tall. The fruit itself ripens in late July to early August. It is small, conical, splashed with bright red on the sunny side. It does have that mildly sweet raspberry like tang to it. This is the first Raspberry Apple that we are releasing. It will be a few years before we can let out any significant number of these trees for sale.

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