By Paul Schmitt
More than 100 apple varieties are grown commercially, but the popularity of one type of apple is making a strong push locally. The honeycrisp apple, which was developed by the University of Minnesota 20 years ago, is getting the attention of local orchard owners. Steve Wood of Wood Orchard in Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay says he is investing in the honeycrisp apple trees for the long run.
Wood says that the state of Washington is planting millions of trees of a new variety called “cosmic crisp” that is anticipated to be in the market in the next five years. He says that has gotten the attention of apple growers around the country since it could drive weaker commodity apples off the shelf.