Yakima, WASH - There is a strong demand for the valley's apples. This is partly due to damages to other traditional summer crops like strawberries. Last summer, apples were needed to fill the shelves to replace other fruit that wasn't there due to weather damage. The same demand has carried over to this year. The high prices will in most cases allow growers and packagers to make more money. Consumers will be paying more for the fruit, but it will also help the local community.
"Growers will hopefully see more revenues coming in and update equipment and buy more equipment. That will trickle down into the economy." Says Miles Kohl of the Yakima Valley Growers and Shippers Association.
Seventy five percent of last years apples have already been shipped, which is more than years past.
Another factor contributing to the prices is the citrus freeze in California a few months ago . Grocery stores may have to fill the produce shelves again this summer with apples to replace those fruits.