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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 2011 Fruits of innovation HARVEST TIME: Mark Duggan showing a new apple box designed to fit as hand luggage on airplanes, right, and with Una in the packing shed. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS- JONES JENNIFER CRAWLEY We will be there to let people know there are still plenty of lovely apples in Tasmania to eat' JUICY: A Gala apple shines with its natural oils. THE idea arose at Agfest and will return this year, in the form of little wooden apple boxes with the Duggan Brand label stuck to one side. Slices of fresh heritage apples and pears grown by Mark and Christine Duggan of Cradoc and fruit from Hansens Orchards will feature at a stall for the first time this year. ''The idea came when I saw a guy building little wooden boxes at Agfest,'' Mr Duggan said. ''I always wanted to get back into wooden boxes and those boxes are those just magnificent -- everyone wants one.'' Howard Hansen will promote two new apple varieties, Jazz and Eve, and there will be tastings of all fruit, including heritage varieties grown by the Duggans. Galas, Cox's Orange Pippins, Red Delicious and Ladies in the Snow are some of the apple varieties grown on Duggans' orchard on the Huon River. ''We will be there just to talk to the people and let them know there are still plenty of lovely apples in Tasmania to eat,'' Mr Duggan said. The Duggans have marketed the fruit in wooden boxes at the Taste of Tasmania, the Taste of the Huon and the Grand Chan- cellor in Hobart. They also cater for corporate functions, provid- ing fruit as a healthy, tasty alternative. ''Not everyone wants a cup of tea or coffee when they have their break,'' Mr Duggan said. The seven-kilo boxes sell of fruit are designed to fit as hand luggage in the overhead lockers on airplanes. Mr Duggan says many buy them for their children. ''The customers reckon their grandchildren are not eating fruit anymore and they give it to their family. ''It's a sort of a novelty thing that has taken off,'' Mr Duggan said. Mark's wife Christine makes the boxes and drives the truck delivering apples and pears to greengrocers in Southern Tas- mania, the East Coast, the Mid- lands and the Derwent Valley. ''It's good to just to get out there and talk to the people, people need to know about their apples,'' he said. It has now been several years since the Young Fruit Growers used to regularly have a stall at Agfest, Fruit Growers of Tas- mania business manager Lucy Gregg said. ''The initiative to have a stall this year came from Mark Duggan. ''We will provide support and assistance to promote the apple industry in Tasmania,'' Ms Gregg said. 69 Main St
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