Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)
The Manitowoc trial orchard, pp. 69-71 PDF (780.7 KB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 71 Now, I should like to say a few words of what I think about the chances of a young man starting in the apple business in our section of the country. If I were a young man, I would not hesitate to do so. I find, however, that in order to make a success of the business, if we intend to depend upon our local market, we would have to go into the business of raising apples that mature in the latter part of the autumn, and we would have to have storage room to keep those apples until the market calls for what we have for sale. I do not believe that we could make it profitable up there to raise an early variety. You see, our farming communities have many of those varieties, and they dump them on the market, and our market is full of an inferior grade of apples. Our businessmen must take them, they cannot turn them away. There is an inferior apple on the market that spoils the market for the good ones, and I believe if we produce apples that are later and have the room to store them and keep them up to this time of the year (December or January), that we can demand a price greater than they can get them for from the eastern states. I know there is a demand, because I have stored away about 250 bushels of Greenings and we have them in a refrigerator, and I could sell them any day I would want to sell them now for $2.00 a bushel, without expense of delivery. We did not sell a barrel of apples to any dealer in the town, all the apples that we had for sale were taken right off the place. We graded them into three grades and we sold them for $1.50 or $1.75 a bushel. (1920.) Now, if any young man wanted to start in that country, he would make just as big a success of the apple industry as they can out in the west or in the east, but I believe one thing he would have to have is a good storage cellar. I am going to try it if I stay long enough in -that place. I am going to build a storage cellar, and I intend to make it a real storage cellar, and I do not believe the commissioners will kick on the price. I intend to build a cellar large enough to hold 2,000 to 3,000 bush- els of apples, and I am going to ceil the walls of the cellar so that we can run our pipes in there from the ice machine and keep it cold in the early fall, and I believe in that way we can hold our apples until February and March and get a good price.
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