Michigan Apples and Cherries: “Unprecedented” Losses
June 27, 2012
From Fresh.plaza.com comes confirmation of the news we expected: Michigan’s 2012 apple and cherry crop is almost a total loss. This quote from Lee LaVanway, manager of the Benton Harbor Fruit Market, sums it up concisely, “I think a lot of people are going to be shocked at how important agriculture is to the economy.” Editors note: While speaking with farmers and grape growers around the region, the consensus seems to be that the weather is changing. Granted, we were under an ice sheet around here 12,000 years ago, but could there be something more than cyclical forces at work? http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=97546
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Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.
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