Did you know that Pennsylvania is the country’s fourth largest producer of fresh apples and processed apple products?
Pennsylvanian’s Have a Long History of Farming Eastern Apples
Pennsylvania’s climate and topography has nurtured a long-standing history of growing quality apples in all of its 67 counties. From Adams County in southern PA to Erie County in the northwest, you’ll find growers who are managing fifth, sixth, and even seventh generation farms. Today, there are over 21,000 acres of Pennsylvania apple orchards in production.
Pennsylvania Harvests Dozens of Different Types of Apples For Fresh Market and Processed Products.
About 35% of Pennsylvania’s apples are grown for the fresh market. Pennsylvania apple farmers harvest _#_ different types of apples annually. The very popular and favorite commercial fresh apple varieties like Gala, Honeycrisp and Red Delicious, and lesser-known heirloom varieties, like Smokehouse and Winter Banana can be found at your local grocer or farmers market. The remaining 65% of the Pennsylvania apple crop is used for processed products like applesauce, apple cider, apple juice, apple slices and more.