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The Price Of Apples Continues To Climb Due To Shortage

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by Chris Cannon

NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. - Take a trip through the produce section and you will notice the price of apples has skyrocketed. According to farmers a spring of unusual weather is to blame for the price increase.

Spring came early to many of the northern states that produce a large percentage of the nation's apple supply.

"That was followed by a late frost which killed all the little baby apples that had started forming on the trees," said Curt Wideman.

Crops in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and New York were nearly wiped out by the weather.

"There's still plenty of varieties, but there's more people trying to buy and find apples because the crops in those other states just didn't happen," Wideman said.

Wideman owns Morning Glory Orchard in Nolensville. He said apple growers in Tennessee had a great growing season, but problems to the north are being felt in this region.

"Price are up here, prices are up everywhere," according to Wideman.

The reason for the increase is the economics of supply and demand. Prices are up around a dollar a pound compared to 2011.

"Because the apple farmer who has apples can actually demand more money for those apples because he has more people trying to buy them," Wideman said.

The price increase has trickled down to fresh apple cider. It is currently selling for $7 a gallon.

"There are fewer people producing cider, therefore the price is up," Wideman said.

Experts say the apple shortage is not as bad as it could be because weather did not affect the crop in Washington state. Orchards there produce between 50% and 60% of the apples for the United States.


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