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 Pink Shore Orchards to try to prolong the season for producers and market Island apples through the holidays.
“With our firm, what we have now been doing is trying ahead to infrastructure that must be in place to have the ability to transfer the trade alongside on the Island,” stated Nancy MacKay, president of Pink Shore Orchards.
A few of that infrastructure concerned chilly storage amenities, MacKay stated.
MacKay stated the Pink Shore Orchard location within the West Royalty Industrial Park is now providing controlled-atmosphere storage that preserves the apples.
“You possibly can take apples out in June and nonetheless have actually contemporary apples,” she stated, 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 regionally made honey.
“We’re shopping for from different growers to allow them to have a bit of the Island market as a substitute of all people attempting to do it individually.”
I feel that our honey crisp apple could turn out to be the alternative 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 stated.
“Then we do have a safe money can for the folks down there who nonetheless wish to cope with money.”
‘Cannot are inclined to these facet markets’
It is just like roadside produce packing containers, that are usually arrange all throughout the Island through the summer time, MacKay stated.
“Lots of people nonetheless wish to get native product and quite a lot of occasions to get it they need to go to the places, and we’re often fairly busy farming — we won’t are inclined to these facet markets,” she stated.
“Now us pulling collectively, or shopping for apples from different Island producers, we can try this and their merchandise nonetheless get bought.”
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 beneath a unique model identify.
“For us to maneuver the product to New Brunswick or Nova Scotia for it to return again actually does not make sense,” she stated.
“So it offers a possibility for us to maintain the regionally grown apples on the Island and lower out a few of the pointless prices that often get handed on to the buyer.”
Some apples develop higher on the Island than others. MacKay stated crimson scrumptious usually do not develop nicely on the Island, however a wet season meant some huge honey crisp and he or she is hoping folks 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 stated. “I feel that our honey crisp apple could turn out to be the alternative of our Christmas apple on the Island.”
The non permanent location on Milky Method will probably be arrange till January, however MacKay stated she plans to promote apples on the location within the West Royalty Industrial Park till the inventory runs out.
The hope is to finally market Island apples to america, MacKay stated.