McDougall & Sons
A growing tradition that began when the McDougall brothers’ great-grandfather first planted pear trees along the mighty Columbia River in the 1890s is carried on today by Scott McDougall, his brother Stuart and nephew Bryon. The family operation, McDougall and Sons, was still quite small when Scott came back to the business to work full time after graduating from the University of Washington in 1975, joining Stuart, who returned in 1972, and their late father, Bob. Both the appeal of carrying on the family business, and the opportunity to live in the beautiful Wenatchee Valley, had a strong influence in the brothers’ decision.Their orchards now span from Tonasket, near the Canadian border, down south to Mattawa, entailing about 2,700 acres of apples, pears and cherries—including 150 acres of tangy-sweet and crunchy ENZA JAZZ™.
The McDougalls were among the first Washington growers to plant JAZZ apple trees when they became available in 2004. Scott recalls his early excitement about the chance to produce what has become one of the top 10 apple varieties across the U.S. in less than a decade. “We all loved the apple—it had this fabulous taste combination of sweet and tart. And we thought JAZZ was such a great name,” he said. “We were familiar with ENZA’s good reputation for launching apples like Braeburn and Gala. And since JAZZ was a managed variety with limited acreage, it seemed like a terrific opportunity.” Scott drew from the very positive experience of growing Ambrosia, another “club” style apple—which McDougall and Sons have the U.S. marketing rights to—as the McDougalls began producing JAZZ .
They also grow ENZA Pacific Rose and Envy apples. “One of the best things about producing an apple in coordination with other growers is the sharing of different growing techniques,” he said. “Networking with people throughout the world helps us learn more about how to make the apple the best it can be.” And JAZZ™ is proving to be one of the best there is. “Although it’s a challenging apple to grow, we are improving our horticulture techniques to produce apples with absolutely the best quality,” Scott said. “JAZZ has caught on with consumers and retailers are marketing higher volumes every year. It really is a wonderful apple; it stores well, and best of all it eats well, with a sweet tart-snap and seismic crunch that appeals to just about everyone.”