The Honeycrisp cross ('Cherry Parfait #19'), was developed by Lee and Mary Elliott of Winchester, Ill., and is sold exclusively by Stark Bro's.

The Direct Gardening Association has chosen Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co., headquartered near Louisiana, to receive a 2018 Green Thumb Award for its new apple, Stark® Scarlet Crush™. The DGA Green Thumb Awards recognize outstanding new garden products available by mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the Direct Gardening Association, the world’s largest non-profit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers.

The Honeycrisp cross ('Cherry Parfait #19'), was developed by Lee and Mary Elliott of Winchester, Ill., and is sold exclusively by Stark Bro's.

Ken Lane, Stark Bro's Chief Marketing Officer, attended the DGA Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., to accept the award.

"It’s our distinct privilege to receive the Green Thumb Award from the DGA," said Lane. "For more than 200 years we have been in the business of innovating and discovering new and better fruit varieties, and this award is great motivation for us to keep on that path. We're grateful to the judges who saw fit to recognize this as an important new apple." 

The Elliotts have produced three other Honeycrisp crosses for Stark Bro's, which have recently been made available to the public: Stark® Ruby Darling™, Stark® Hart's Fancy™ and Stark® Red Romance™. The Elliotts are currently developing additional new apples for future introduction.

Stark Bro's will begin its 202nd year in business this coming January.