Honeybear Brands is a grower of apples around the world and a developer of new apple varieties.
Honeybear is proud to introduce an entirely new apple that is grown in select regions of the United States and Canada. Their orchards in Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Nova Scotia have the perfect micro climates and conditions to grown the brand new Pazazz.
• Rich, fertile soil in upper North America
• Ample source of natural irrigation from rain
• Warn summer days and cool fall nights
Pazazz wakes up your taste buds with:
• Extremely crisp and juicy texture
• Tantalizing blend of sweet and tart flavors
• Bi colored rich red skin with creamy blush
• Savory and healthy treat for snacks and lunches
Meet the Growers
Rick and Cheryl Bremer, Bremer Orchards – Lake City, MNIf they handed out long service achievement awards in the apple industry, Rick Bremer would be first in line. He and his wife Cheryl and their family have been hard at work nurturing, growing and building their apple orchard business in Lake City, Minnesota since 1983.
Tucked away not far from the picturesque shoreline of Lake Pepin, Minnesota and the quaint town of Lake City, Bremer Orchards today spans 50 well-planted acres of some of the best apples grown anywhere in the Mississippi River Valley. Varieties include RiverBelle, a regional favorite that always sells out in late summer, as well as Regents, Honeycrisp and of course, Pazazz, the star variety from Honeybear Brands, planted across 24 acres.
Over the years Rick’s played a key role in local as well as far flung apple growing. In the past his orchards were used by the University of Minnesota and visited by apple producers from France, interested in learning more about growing Honeycrisp. Today like all Honeybear growers in the region, he’s an active participant in Honeybear’s TruEarth program, a new protocol to protect the land.
Tom and Andy Ferguson, Ferguson Orchards – Chippewa Falls, WI
Tom Ferguson made himself a promise: that when he turned 50 he’d say goodbye to a successful career in corporate America and find a way to become a farmer. Lucky he did. Tom’s now the proud owner of a thriving family-run apple business with 100,000 apple trees spanning three locations in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Galesville, Wisconsin where apples have been grown on the same land since the 1870s.
Tom and his wife Deb got their start in the apple business when they moved their young family from sunny Southern California to their original Galesville orchard in 2001. They got to work learning everything about growing apples – and their early study paid off big time. In 2014 they became the largest single grower of Honeybear’s exciting new Pazazz variety when they planted 35 acres and 40,000 Pazazz trees.
Today Ferguson’s orchards are even more of a family business with their busy staff also consisting of their two sons, their wives and young children. Joe Ferguson, a former marine returned from service and moved to the farm, while his brother Andy, gave up his law practice to become a co-owner of the orchard in 2013.
Fred Wescott, Honeybear Brands & Mississippi Valley
Fruit Company – Elgin, MN
Fred Wescott has been growing apples in the small southeast Minnesota town of Elgin for more than 40 years. In the 1970s, Fred took over his father’s hobby orchard and transformed it into a successful national business that packs, ships and sells the best regional apple varieties to retailers all over the country.
Fred is the president of Mississippi Valley Fruit Company, that grows, packs and markets regional fruit for 20 family run orchards in MN & WI. He has taken his passion for apples to another by building one of the industry’s most successful Varietal Development programs, creating new consumer favorites Pazazz and RiverBelle.
In addition to distributing some of the finest apples in the upper Midwest, Wescott Orchards is part of a community of family farmers dedicated to being good stewards of the environment. Wescott was the key driver behind the TruEarth program, which was developed to enhance sustainable and holistic farming practices to grow the highest quality fruit.
Pazazz Apple Chicken Salad Recipe
Nutty Baked Pazazz Apple Crumbled Recipe
Find more recipes at PazazzApple.com