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lit the Outside World—Talks With Seat
tle Produce Dealers awd an Editor—
Fogarty, Fry and Wood—Hints to Grow
ers and Shippcrs^-PickiuK, Packing,
ISi.unliim ■ A Batch of Wholesome Ad
vice Given for the Asking.
Interviews with several prominent
commission men in Seattle indicate
verj' surely that Yakima products will
be counted upon a gtxxl deal more than
in former years for consumption by
the people of that city. Heretofore
just sufficient of our potatoes, sweet
potatoes, melons and fruits have been
handled there to #ivc citizens a true
idea of their worth as compared with
the same articles from the lower coast
and from Oregon.
One of the first to fully realize this
condition of affairs was J. B. Fogarty,
the enterprising farmer, dairyman
and grocer of EUensburg-h. To ex
pand the trade in farm products for
the benefit of his own particular lo
cality, Mr. Fogaxty has established a
commission house on West street for
the sale of Kittitas and Yakima pro
duce, and has associated with himself
Mr. Harlan, so well known to many
people this side of the mountains as
heretofore connected witli A. C. Fry
Calling at Mr. Fog-arty \s place a few
days ago, The Intkkvikwkr asked
after the kind of trade being carried
on, the prospects for the season, etc.
O, we are opening up in good shape,
and the prospect is encouraging, said
What are you handling mostly?
Just now potatoes, hay and dairy pro
ducts, with occasionally a few lamb
and veal carcasses.
How do you find the demand for
Yakima potatoes? They are liked
first-rate. Of course it is too late in
the season for them to be at their best,
but they compare favorably with those
from other parts of the country.
Do they bring a better price? Yes;
from $3 to $4 per ton more.
How about the hay? Consumers de
mand the wild hay and timothy mixed.
Tiiey do not want clover or alfalfa yet;
are not familiar with the product.
But when they become used to it we
think they will desire it.
You will handle sweet potatoes: mel
ons and fruits, I suppose? Certainly.
We shall "use no other." We intend
to make this a depot for the sale of
Kittitas and Yakima products; shall
not handle California stuff at all.
What do you advise about branding
packages? I would say to a man ship
ping from Yakinia to brand the word
Yakima plainly every time, and also
his own name, and thus earn a reputa
tion for himself and his locality. To
our Kittitas friends the same advice
make Kittitas the main word. Let
"every tub stand on its own bottom."
Kittitas and Yakima each has sufficient
merits of its own.
Do you think the stuff from over the
mountains can compete favorably with
the California grown? Most certainly;
Seattle people are learning that in
quality these Washington products are
the best. So far as apples and pota
toes ai"e concerned, this is well known;
it will soon be the same with other
products from the valleys of eastern
A. C. Fry & Co. have handled more
or less of Yakima products for several
years. They will continue to solicit
trade from this section.
Mr. Fry. said This Interviewer, do
you think there will be a demand for
Yakima strawberries this year? That
will depend. You see, sometimes your
fruit comes in at about the same time
as the Oregon; when that occurs,
prices rule low. It may not be so this
year. If it so happens that your ber
ries arrive between the Oregon and
the western Washington, your people
will be all right.
What are your advices from Cali
fornia? In some places the drouth
shortened the crop. Still there are a
For the information of our many
inquirem about ten and twenty-acre
fruit, hop and alfalfa farms near
Sunnyside, would say that we have
had a very lively request during the
past week, both for Sunnyside busi
ness and acre lots, and for the larger
farms surrounding the town, and
we have had a goodly number of
eastern settlers during the week.
Some special bargains which we
desire to lay before intending home
Three oholoe acre lot* in the town of Bun
nyside. beautifully smooth and ready for
Immediate Irrigation, and in the most rapid
ly building section of the town. We also
have thirty acres of excellent fruit and hop
land one mile from Bunnyside. This land is
in the midst of the most rapidly growing
part of the country surrounding the town,
where over twenty-live farm houses have
been erected within the last six weeks. The
terms are only one-filth down and balance in
lis-e years time.
If you are seeking a home in a
prosperous, rapidly-growing coun
try, we think it is worth your while
to make a trip to Sunnyside and
Ghat With McGinnis.
great many berries. We are getting
them now. They are hardly first-class,
but are selling tolerably well, though
not at high prices; money is too
What is the prospect for Western
Washington strawberries? First-class.
The crop will be enormous.
Have you any advice to give our
growers? Well, that is a delicate mat
ter, but as you have asked it, I will
say tell them to put up their fruit in
better shape. Here they must show
their fruit side by side with the Cali
fornians, and you know they are adepts
at sorting and packing. Look at those
cherries. Uniform in size, packed as
neatly as can be, and good all through
the boxes. Good fruit poorly packed
will not sell beside them. Then I
would say, have some system in ship
ping. But your people are alive to these
things, as I sec by the discussions in
your horticultural writings and by the
efforts being made to organize and run
L,ovell M. Wood is the editor of the
Trade Register, the general market
paper of Seattle. He is in touch with
the dealers of all sorts, and keeps a
dose watch upon the tendencies of the
times. He was asked regarding the
feeling toward eastern Washington
The disposition is growing to give
the preference to Washington stuff,
Preference over what? asked The
Intkkvirwkk. Well, you see, shippers
from California and Oregon have had
the "bulge" on you. But now that
you people are working1 to your possi
bilities and bestirring- yourselves to
put your stuff up in better form, and
to pay more attention to selection, our
buyers feel like givingl you a fair show.
They know, too, the true merit of your
fruit —its excellent quality and flavor.
Shipments from your section have not
been regular—could not be depended
upon —too spasmodic. But now that
you are to have well organized ship
ping associations, and begin to realize
your own importance in the world,
things will change.
What would you suggest in the way
of stamping or branding goods? I
would say make regular grades—Yak
ima No. 1, Yakima No. 2, etc., and
then put nothing but of the very best
character in No. 1 packages, and so
on. And I would say, don't ship all
your first-class fruit to the east. Give
the Sound towns a fair show. It will
pay better in the long run to build up
a home trade, but this cannot be done
if all of your best peaches, cherries,
pears and apples are to go to eastern
cities. Remember that there compe
tition will be much sharper than here,
for there you have the world to com
pete with. Another thing. I woul