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

Susan October 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I love visiting Beardsley Orchard and picking apples. The price won't change my plans. It's a once a year outing that can't be missed. Fall in Connecticut is a special treat and apple picking and apple pie baking are a part of family tradition.
Kate October 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Understandable if you only go once a year, but if you're trying to buy local or PYO apples to have on hand throughout the season, it's definitely a blow to the wallet compared to apples imported from who knows where at stop&shop.


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