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Connecticut Apple Season Suffers, Prices Rise

Picking your own apples this season is much more difficult due to the weather.

 

Fall is the time for apple picking, but an April frost hit the Connecticut crop hard. According to the Hartford Courant, yields are down 16 percent from the previous year.

Still, Connecticut fared better than other parts of the nation. Western New York reportedly lost half of their apples, and Michigan lost 80 percent. The lower yields mean higher prices at the grocery store.  

USA Today reports that the apple crop is down 14 percent nationally and prices could rise by $1 a pound. Juice prices could increase by 20 percent.

Some Connecticut orchards are still offering “pick your own” apples.

This list details the apple orchards in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, but it’s best to call ahead to see what’s available.

Nighthawk October 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
If the local crop is down from last year's crop by 16% and the national crop by 14%, why are we seeing prices about 50% more in the stores and farmstands? Something is wrong here - and I call it gouging. The apple biz must be taking its cues from the oil industry!

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