Beach plum fruit show a wide range of coloration.  Click for larger image. Beach Plum
A new crop for new markets.
This project and website was funded in part by a grant from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program and other sponsors.


Project participants: •Many farms in the Northeast
•Department of Horticulture,
 Cornell University
•Cape Cod Cooperative
 Extension, UMass
•Applied Economics & Man-
 agement, Cornell University
•New York State Food
 Ventures Center/NYAES
•Cornell Coop. Extension,
 Suffolk County / Long Island
 Horticultural Research and
 Extension Center
•Fruit Research & Develop-
 ment Center, Rutgers Univ.

Cornell University Department of Horticulture


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2006 flowering
Beach plum harvest from Cornell Orchards. See updates for more pictures.

New video: Beach Plum New Crop Development [video | slides ] featuring Dr. Richard Uva, Seaberry Farm LLC, Federalsburg Md., at the 2014 Bay Area Fruit School:
Gone Plummin' - Local foods guide features beach plums.

Updates:
  • 2007 harvest
  • Making the menu
  • Excellent flowering
  • 800 pounds of jam ...
  • Collecting scion wood
  • Beach plum featured in Chronicle
  • Good growth on 2006 crop
  • Bistro serves beach plum
  • 2005 Cornell harvest
  • Connecticut plantings

  • Reference:

    Growing
    Marketing
    Plant Improvement and Fruit Quality

    Project history
    People/contacts
    Photo gallery
    Article archive
    Links
    Beach plum buyers - Companies looking for sources of fruit, syrup.

    Sources for 'Oceanview':
  • Fairweather Gardens (retail)
  • Western Maine Nurseries
       (wholesale)

  • New Group:

    Cape May County Beach Plum Assoc.


    Featured links:

    SARE Ag Innovation Factsheet

    Taming the Wild Beach Plum - Arnoldia 62/4

    Beach Plum New Crop Development - Arnold Arboretum Presentation
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    Frequently asked questions:

    Beach plum (Prunus maritima) is a fruiting shrub native to coastal dunes of the Northeastern United States. Since colonial times, people have collected wild fruit to make preserves and jelly. Today, native stands still support a cottage beach plum product industry in the Northeast.

    Interest in commercial production is growing. We've undertaken 30 small-scale production trials in the Northeast to help increase yields and improve growing practices.

    Our goals are to develop an integrated system for a sustainable beach plum industry. This includes fruit production, processing the crop into value-added products, developing niche markets for these products, and educating growers, processors and marketers.

    More information:
    Dr. Thomas Whitlow
    Project Coordinator/
    Principal Investigator
    Department of Horticulture
    607-255-1793
    thw2@cornell.edu

    Website designed by Craig Cramer, Communcations Specialist, Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell University, with coding help from Rachel Kennedy.

    Beach plums growing in their native habitat.  Click for larger image.
    Beach plums growing in their native habitat. Larger image.

    Growers and researchers share information about beach plums.  Click for larger image.
    Growers and researchers share information about beach plums. Larger image.

    Preserves and jellies - value-added beach plum products.  Click for larger image.
    Preserves and jellies - value-added beach plum products. Larger image.

    Cornell Dairy Plant runs a test batch of 'Beach Plum Comfort' ice cream.  Click for larger image.
    Cornell Dairy Plant runs a test batch of 'Beach Plum Comfort' ice cream. Larger image.