Sharing a letter from a “big” fan!

Since Arctic® apples were officially approved in the U.S. last week, we have been overwhelmed with the huge numbers of well wishes, inquiries, media requests and growers asking to plant trees. However, there’s one letter we received that may just be our favorite of all!

In what was perhaps a good luck charm as it arrived just as we got news of Arctic® apple deregulation, on Friday we received a hand-written letter from nine year old Jake Allen Lutick-Fuller. Jake is clearly a fan of apples (particularly delectable ones!), but he knows that many people are not so enthusiastic about browning. He had some great advice and well wishes for us, and was kind enough to let us post his letter here:

Jake's Letter to OSF

And Jake, if you’re reading this – we’ve just sent you a letter containing a special surprise for you and your family to enjoy! Also, please make sure to get in touch with us in another 9 years as we have a feeling you have big things in your future and we may just have a position for you at Okanagan Specialty Fruits!!

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About Joel Brooks

Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, Joel had the opportunity to experience apple growing first hand, a background that helped lead him to his role as Product & Special Projects Manager. Joel feels privileged to work with such great people towards a goal that’s so easy to get behind – helping people to eat more apples!


  1. David Booth

    I am neither excited nor scared by the prospect of this new gm apple, although I commend a small company for seeing this through.  Perhaps I have missed it, but no one seems to address the obvious, which is these apples will be tossed onto roadsides, pig pens, chicken yards, compost heaps. I love the diversity of the “wild” apples that spring forth from such sources, and I don’t see this new apple as a threat to that diversity. But there is no isolating it’s genetics, unless we assume that none will partake in this uncultivated bounty. I understand why no breeder wants to highlight this fact, but I wish they would call a spade a spade. Or am I missing something? Finally, I would be really annoyed if I discovered the next Granny Smith in a hedgerow, and it had insignificant, but patented genetics that ruined my payday. Could I remove them? Strike a deal? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts, in the name of citizen science and good natured public policy debate. Thanks in advance and best of luck with your new apple.


    David Booth



    • Joel

      Hi David, thanks for your question and apologies for the belated reply! I would suggest that the reason this discussion doesn’t come up too often is simply because of the number of variables and unlikely combination of factors that would lead to it becoming an issue. With all commercial orchards now propagated via grafting, as the traits from seeds are not consistently heritable, even a seed from an Arctic apple would be highly unlikely to be agronomically viable and produce edible fruit. If you’re interested in discussing things further, though, please don’t hesitate to email us directly at!