24 farmers chosen to grow new Cosmic Crisp

Washington State University has chosen 24 Washington farmers to be the first to grow Cosmic Crisp, a new apple variety bred to thrive in Eastern Washington conditions.

The lucky 24 were randomly chosen for the right to buy the first available trees in a drawing of more than 445 interested orchardists earlier this summer.

WSU announced the growers Tuesday after finalizing agreements with each to grow the apple, which is expected to compete well with Honeycrisp, one of its parents. Columbia Basin farmers are among those who won the drawing.

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