America’s Fruity History
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The oldest fruit-tree nursery in the world is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The Missouri-based company, Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards, was founded in 1816 by James Hart Stark, a young Kentucky pioneer, who homesteaded on the shores of the Mississippi. He brought with him a bundle of apple-tree scions that he planted. Today, the nursery is best known for introducing Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples, which account for 40 percent of all apple sales, worldwide.