And that was before Eastern and upper Midwestern markets ran out of locally grown fruit. When they do, likely around the first of the year, that truck traffic will only get more intense, as demand for Washington fruit skyrockets.
“Right now, I’d say we’ll have strong supplies into next spring, and we continue to hope we’ll have supplies of the five mainline varieties all summer,” Nager said.
Produce managers needn’t worry about sticking apples at the back of the department on a small display, Nager said. Superfresh Growers, at least, expects to have ample supplies for promotions through spring.
We apple lovers can rest easy. Maybe instead of canning, I’ll take up crochet.