Winter 20192019-09-24T15:42:51-05:00
Kansas Kontact Winter 2019 Cover, Photo by Tom Parker

This issue’s cover features ripening mid-summer blackberries at the Depot Market’s pick-your-own patch. Tom Parker captured the photo in Courtland during the “Thinking Outside the Box” North Central Kansas Farm Tour.
Dan Kuhn’s family once had 30 acres of u-pick apples: “We actually did pretty well on apples in the eighties and nineties, but culture changes. We used to sell bazillions of pick-your-own apples to people who put up big amounts of applesauce. Nobody does that anymore.”
Check out all the photos from the tour on KFU’s FLICKR.

Photo credit: Tom Parker

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