Bloom to Bite: Behind the Scenes of a Delicious Apple

2020 Young Apple Leaders: Brooke Grobe

Brooke Grobe grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Ohio, and always had an interest in learning more about the business of agriculture. She chose a broad business major at Ohio State University that complemented her experience growing up on a farm—one that could land her a job in any facet of the … Continued

2020 Young Apple Leaders: Cailin Kowalewski

Growing up in Fredonia, N.Y., a village just minutes from Lake Erie, it’s no wonder that Young Apple Leader Cailin Kowalewski loves the apples grown in her home state. One of her favorite varieties is Empire, which was first developed at Cornell University. Kowalewski started her career there at the Cornell Cooperative Extension after completing … Continued

2020 Young Apple Leaders: Kylee Zdunic-Rasch

Growing up on flat land around corn and soybean crops, Kylee Zdunic-Rasch didn’t set foot on an apple orchard until she moved across the state to west Michigan in her twenties. Now, Zdunic-Rasch is a 2020 Young Apple Leader and interacts with apple growers each day–on both a personal and professional level. She is married … Continued

2020 Young Apple Leaders: Angela Sommers

While some city kids were yelling out “car” during the middle of a ball game each time a station wagon passed through, USApple Young Apple Leader Angela Sommers was roaming around in her backyard—which also happened to be an apple orchard.  “My first memory would be stepping out my backdoor and being in the orchard. … Continued

USApple Selects 2020 Young Apple Leaders

Jan. 27, 2020 (Falls Church, Va.) – The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) today announced its class of 2020 Young Apple Leaders (YALs). Eleven accomplished and aspiring young women and men were selected by the organization to join with, and learn from, USApple leaders and mentors throughout the year. The 2020 Young Apple Leaders include: Ben Boyer, … Continued

A Virginia Partnership for Delicious Dry Cider

As the hard cider industry continues to grow, we’re excited to learn more (and sample) the delicious partnerships coming to fruition between our grower members and cideries that are helping to introduce more consumers to delicious apple products. In a recent interview, we heard from David and Philip Glaize of Glaize Apples, based in the Shenandoah … Continued

Notes from the Orchard: Bloom Season in Michigan

Notes from the Orchard: Bloom Season in Michigan If you caught our Instagram lately, you were treated to a behind-the-scenes adventure in springtime orchards with Elizabeth Wittenbach, a fifth-generation apple, field corn and soybean farmer based in Belding, Michigan. The Wittenbach’s family farm operation includes Elizabeth and her father, Mike, and grandfather, Ed. From King … Continued

Bloom to Bite: Behind the Scenes of a Delicious Apple

In the United States, you can walk into nearly any grocery store, almost any day of the year, and more often than not, you’ll find a selection of apples. Even though most apples are harvested in just several busy weeks spanning from late summer to early fall, Americans have grown accustomed to having apples available … Continued