P.E.I. now has an apple retailer — however you will not discover any telephones or laptops on the market


P.E.I. has an apple retailer, however it does not promote iPhones, iPads or Apple Watches.

The P.E.I. Apple Retailer has been arrange by Crimson Shore Orchards to try to prolong the season for producers and market Island apples throughout the holidays.

“With our firm, what we’ve been doing is trying ahead to infrastructure that must be in place to have the ability to transfer the trade alongside on the Island,” mentioned Nancy MacKay, president of Crimson Shore Orchards.

A few of that infrastructure concerned chilly storage services, MacKay mentioned.

MacKay mentioned the Crimson Shore Orchard location within the West Royalty Industrial Park is now providing controlled-atmosphere storage that preserves the apples.

Sometimes, Island producers promote apples to areas reminiscent of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, that are then bagged up and bought below a unique model and despatched again, MacKay says. (Tony Davis/CBC)

“You possibly can take apples out in June and nonetheless have actually recent apples,” she mentioned, including it has solely been up and working for 3 weeks.

The shop is promoting apples from 4 totally different Island producers, together with cider and domestically made honey.

“We’re shopping for from different growers to allow them to have a bit of the Island market as an alternative of all people attempting to do it individually.”

I feel that our honey crisp apple might develop into the substitute of our Christmas apple on the Island.— Nancy MacKay

It is positioned on Milky Method, proper beside the Cows Creamery, does not have a cashier and works on the honour system.

“For every totally different number of apple in addition to the honey and cider they’ll scan a QR code to their cellphone and it’ll convey them proper to our on-line checkout,” she mentioned.

“Then we do have a safe money can for the individuals down there who nonetheless wish to take care of money.”

‘Cannot are inclined to these facet markets’

It is much like roadside produce packing containers, that are usually arrange all throughout the Island throughout the summer season, MacKay mentioned.

“Lots of people nonetheless wish to get native product and numerous instances to get it they should go to the places, and we’re often fairly busy farming — we will not are inclined to these facet markets,” she mentioned. 

“Now us pulling collectively, or shopping for apples from different Island producers, we will try this and their merchandise nonetheless get bought.”

MacKay says crimson scrumptious usually don’t develop effectively on the Island, however a wet season meant some huge honey crisps and she or he is hoping individuals settle for that because the ‘Island Christmas apple.’ (Tony Davis/CBC)

Whereas some P.E.I. apples are packed on the Island and bought in native grocery shops, some Island growers ship their apples to the mainland to be bagged in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick earlier than being despatched again to the Island below a unique model identify.

“For us to maneuver the product to New Brunswick or Nova Scotia for it to come back again actually does not make sense,” she mentioned. 

“So it provides a chance for us to maintain the domestically grown apples on the Island and lower out a number of the pointless prices that often get handed on to the buyer.”

Some apples develop higher on the Island than others. MacKay mentioned crimson scrumptious usually do not develop effectively on the Island, however a wet season meant some huge honey crisp and she or he is hoping individuals settle for that because the “Island Christmas apple.”

“Being born and bred and raised on the Island my entire life is all people’s reminiscence of that Christmas apple,” she mentioned. “I feel that our honey crisp apple might develop into the substitute of our Christmas apple on the Island.”

The non permanent location on Milky Method might be arrange till January, however MacKay mentioned she plans to promote apples on the location within the West Royalty Industrial Park till the inventory runs out.

The hope is to ultimately market Island apples to america, MacKay mentioned.



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