NYS Honeyberry Conference

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NYS Honeyberry Conference

Time: June 29, 2024 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: CiTi BOCES in Mexico, NY
Street: 179 County Rte 64
City/Town: Mexico, NY 13114
Website or Map: https://thatscooperativeexten…
Phone: 315-963-7286 Ext. 200
Event Type: fruit, conference
Organized By: Joshua Vrooman
Latest Activity: Jun 10

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There is still time to register for the NYS Honeyberry Conference set for the last Saturday in June.

 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County (CCE Oswego County) and Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY (CCE Harvest NY) will be hosting a state-wide conference on a new emerging fruit called Honeyberry, also known as Haskap (Lonicera caerulea). The conference will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Mexico, NY.

 Honeyberries are a dark blue color with a distinct oval shape. The taste is most commonly associated with raspberry and blueberry, while also containing its own distinctive flavor. The fruit can grow in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 1 to 8 and can survive up to 30 years or longer if properly managed. Honeyberries ripen from the middle of June through early July, which allows the fruit to sit comfortably between the strawberry and blueberry season. When fully mature, they can produce 6 to 10 lbs. of berries that can be eaten as a fresh fruit or made into value-added products.

 Recently, improved cultivars have allowed for a niche industry to form and there is a lot of interest in establishing this fruit as a specialty crop. The conference will cover the history of the fruit, best growing practices, processing, value-added production, and marketing. Guest speakers will include growers and researchers from the US and Canada, including Dr. Bob Bors, a leading honeyberry breeder from the University of Saskatchewan. Attendees will also be able to network and attend an optional farm tour immediately following the conference.

 The cost to attend this all-day event is $40 per person. Registration includes entry into the conference, and an opportunity to try fresh honeyberry fruit and value-added products like jam, gelato, and juice. Registration does not include lunch. Attendees will receive a follow up email with the conference agenda and more information on dining and accommodations. To learn more about the conference or to register please go to the CCE Oswego website at: https://thatscooperativeextension.org/events/2024/06/29/nys-honeyberry-conference

 If you still have questions please contact Joshua Vrooman, Agriculture Educator for CCE Oswego County at jwv33@cornell.edu or 315-963-7286 ext. 200 or Anya Osatuke, Small Fruits Specialist for CCE Harvest NY at aco56@cornell.edu or 607-752-2793.

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