We sadly note the recent passing of apple grower Eber Currier. He died August 6 at the age of 85.
Eber and his wife Trudy owned and operated Currier Orchards in Merrimack, and Currier Self Storage in Milford, New Hampshire, for 32 years. He was previously a partner of Demers Vega International Harvester Truck Sales and Service Centers in Nashua and Amherst.
Eber was a long-time member of the New England Apple Association. He was founder of the Merrimack agricultural commission and served on it for eight years. He was a member of the Merrimack conservation commission for 25 years.
Eber was born in Littleton, Maine, and previous lived in Burlington, Massachusetts, Houlton, Maine, and Littleton, Maine. He earned an accounting degree from Bentley University and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Northeastern University.
In addition to Trudy, his wife of 67 years, Eber leaves five sons, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Eda Stockson, and several nieces and nephews.
BOSTON – September 12, 2016 – Governor Charlie Baker today declared September as “Massachusetts Apple Month” to support Massachusetts apple growers, especially during the current drought conditions. The declaration was followed by a visit to Wojick Orchard in Blackstone by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux.
“Massachusetts Apple Month’ is an opportunity to recognize the hard work local apple growers do to produce delicious and healthy fruit from Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I encourage everyone to support Massachusetts’ farmers this month by purchasing locally grown apples and other produce.”
“Despite a very challenging growing season, farmers have been working very hard to bring quality products to farm stands and farmers’ markets, and they have succeeded in doing so,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Apple growers also help support our local and regional economies and participate in a wide variety of conservation efforts and renewable energy projects that advance the protection of the environment.”
Massachusetts boasts more than 140 varieties of apples grown in the state, including local favorites such as McIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Gala and Honeycrisp. According to the United States Apple Association, apples contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium and are excellent sources of fiber, natural plant-based anti-oxidants and the mineral boron – which promotes healthy bones.
“The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources encourages consumers to visit their local farmers’ markets, farmstands and pick-your-own operations. There’s plenty of healthy, high-quality, locally-grown product there that will taste delicious in meals and snacks,” said MDAR Commissioner Lebeaux. “There’s no denying our farmers have had a lot of challenges thrown their way this season; we can greatly help them by purchasing and enjoying their nutritious harvest.”
With approximately 340 apple orchards in Massachusetts on over 4,000 acres of land, the Commonwealth yielded over 28 million pounds of apples worth $20 million in 2012.
Visit MDAR’s farm finder to find information on Massachusetts apple orchards, pick-your-own apple farms, farmers’ markets, and roadside produce stands.
After a one-year hiatus, the New England Apple Association will once again produce a wall calendar for 2017. The NEAA chose not to produce a calendar in 2016 in order to invest in a remake of its website, newenglandapples.lndo.site.
The popular calendar features photography of New England orchards by Executive Director Bar Lois Weeks and Senior Writer Russell Steven Powell, plus photos and descriptions of a new apple variety each month. The calendar includes orchard listings and contact information. Supplies of the 2017 New England Apples wall calendar should arrive at member orchards in early September.
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