PIKETON, Ohio — Extension specialists at the Ohio State University South Centers want to know how you feel about fruit — currants, gooseberries and jostaberries, to be exact.
These members of the Ribes family — perennial woody shrubs that produce edible berries — have not been grown commercially in Ohio since the early 1900s, but present a good opportunity for Ohio farmers. The fruit is winter hardy and does not require high levels of fertilization, according to Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension horticulture specialist.
Bergefurd and colleague Julie Fox, direct marketing specialist, would like to know if growers grow Ribes, will consumers consume them?
They’re asking consumers to complete a five-minute electronic survey, located at www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CE2KVFU9A/.