Apple Prices on the Rise as Peaches are Left on the Branch

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Prices for apples are up across the nation which could benefit local growers. But while the apple harvest looks strong, another local fruit is struggling to get off the tree and into your house.

From Fuji, to Granny Smith to Gala, Bruce Talbott says, "The apple prices are better now, from the producer's stand point, they are higher."
Which means local growers are in prime position to get the most for their crop.

"There is an international shortage of apples and part of it is the dollar is so weak that a lot of apples have gone other places that might have otherwise come to the U.S," says Talbott.
Another boost to the local apple crop is the weather.
Talbott says, "Apples like cool weather. We did start harvesting in the very end of August or early September with gala and they will harvest clear until the early November."

While the apple harvest is in full swing; Peach growers say their season is far from over. Renee Herman with Herman Produce says, "They're all out of peach mode and into apple mode and we have both but we need to focus on the peaches right now."
Some of the growers aren't even picking their peaches, they are just letting them fall because we don't have the market for it."

In fact some types of peaches haven't even been harvested yet.
"We might have them for Halloween," says Herman.
A very scary thought for peach growers.
Herman says, "Hundreds of boxes may go to waste."
So while peaches aren't ripening the wallets of local growers.. apples look to do so in the midst of a nation wide shortage.


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