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N454casullN454casull MemberPosts: 671 Senior Member


I read in a farm journal the other day that 65% of the apples grown in the USA are grown in Washington state. Even more interesting to me anyway is that all those apples are grown in the central 1/3 of the state. The pictures above are from directly around my house (also very smoky today). There’s a very good chance I’m told that if your eating an apple today it came from close to where I live.  I can walk and get off the tree Gala, Granny Smith, the new fancy Cosmic crisp, pink ladies, Red delicious and a few others. 

This state is screwed up in so many ways politically which is sad because it’s amazing in so many others. 

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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,694 Senior Member
    edited September 2021 #2
    Might be right year after all if yeild is down there. Orchards around here expect a record crop. Saw a local post with pictures of apple trees with limbs braced due to the weight of all of the apples.

    Some say it is because last winter was cold. Some say it is because this winter will be even colder.

    Not just fruit either. Many have said their rose bushes have never flowered more.
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,140 Senior Member
    Looks to be a good apple year here in Michigan as well...a couple of my favorites are Northern Spys and Honey Crisps...The best are a heritage apple that grow in Grandma's yard...Wolf River...they only produce every other year, but 3 apples will make a pie...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,188 Senior Member


    I read in a farm journal the other day that 65% of the apples grown in the USA are grown in Washington state. Even more interesting to me anyway is that all those apples are grown in the central 1/3 of the state. The pictures above are from directly around my house (also very smoky today). There’s a very good chance I’m told that if your eating an apple today it came from close to where I live.  I can walk and get off the tree Gala, Granny Smith, the new fancy Cosmic crisp, pink ladies, Red delicious and a few others. 

    This state is screwed up in so many ways politically which is sad because it’s amazing in so many others. 
    Is that part of the Yakima valley?
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I eat a bag or more every two weeks.
  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 671 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:


    I read in a farm journal the other day that 65% of the apples grown in the USA are grown in Washington state. Even more interesting to me anyway is that all those apples are grown in the central 1/3 of the state. The pictures above are from directly around my house (also very smoky today). There’s a very good chance I’m told that if your eating an apple today it came from close to where I live.  I can walk and get off the tree Gala, Granny Smith, the new fancy Cosmic crisp, pink ladies, Red delicious and a few others. 

    This state is screwed up in so many ways politically which is sad because it’s amazing in so many others. 
    Is that part of the Yakima valley?
    Nope East. lol I’d never live anywhere close to “Crakima”
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,218 Senior Member
    Beautiful place!  I miss apple picking in New York State.  One of our favorite activities when the kids where little was going to one of the nearby farms and coming hone with way more apples than we could ever consume and then give them out to the neighbors.  That’s another state that would be an amazing place if it ever had a political revolution…
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,435 Senior Member
    Agreed Wambli. I was born in upstate New York. My 'uncle' Gordy ran some of orchards. Apples the size of grapefruits. So big if you ate it, that was dinner. 

    It's also the same reason I cannot drink apple juice. Cider is a completely different animal. I was rather disappointed even as a child at my first taste of juice. Why someone would concoct such a bland urine colored liquid was beyond me even as a child. 
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,218 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    Agreed Wambli. I was born in upstate New York. My 'uncle' Gordy ran some of orchards. Apples the size of grapefruits. So big if you ate it, that was dinner. 

    It's also the same reason I cannot drink apple juice. Cider is a completely different animal. I was rather disappointed even as a child at my first taste of juice. Why someone would concoct such a bland urine colored liquid was beyond me even as a child. 
    YES!!!  I remember my son standing with a half gallon empty container held up to the spigot off the press!!!  He was all of maybe 4 years old and I had to help him hold it as it filled up, literally as the farmers sons worked the press!  Best tasting cider on earth!!!  Like you, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a bottle of apple juice.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,694 Senior Member
    There was an old retired LEO that had a small orchard up the road from the house I grew up in. He would press cider and put it in big oak barrels in his barn (no idea for how long). He would pour off gallons and load up a trailer behind his old tractor (I can still hear that thing. Sounded like it ran on one cylinder POP POP POP POP POP ....) and drive down to where our township road met a state highway to sell. His cider wasn't hard, but it had a little bite to it. Hard to describe. Never tasted anything like it since
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,218 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio said:
    There was an old retired LEO that had a small orchard up the road from the house I grew up in. He would press cider and put it in big oak barrels in his barn (no idea for how long). He would pour off gallons and load up a trailer behind his old tractor (I can still hear that thing. Sounded like it ran on one cylinder POP POP POP POP POP ....) and drive down to where our township road met a state highway to sell. His cider wasn't hard, but it had a little bite to it. Hard to describe. Never tasted anything like it since
    That’s cool!  Love stories like that.  We’ve kinda lost that America…
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,694 Senior Member
    edited September 2021 #12
    That’s cool!  Love stories like that.  We’ve kinda lost that America…
    The lady whose yard he parked in made home made ketchup and mustard. I remember seeing the bags of it hanging on her clothesline. Never tasted anything close to it either... 
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 671 Senior Member
    I was talking with a good friend that runs one of the largest apple orchard/packing sheds here and he mentioned not only does Washington lead in apple production but they absolutely dominate in Hop production, like quadruple the next closest place. And despite what people may think the number one potato producing county in the USA is in Washington.  
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    Looks to be a good apple year here in Michigan as well.

    Yep. The trees all around my place are kicking butt this year. It only happens every 5 years or so, and the tree in my back yard has some decent apples. Jerm will be bummed and whine if we don't make productive use of them. It will make him feel green to let all those apples go to waste. I am not sure about the variety, but they have a nice flavor.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,286 Senior Member
    Looking forward to seeing the spokesmodel on your label.....
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    I was really surprised when I found out how long they last in giant warehouses when they are kept in . . . CO2 I think it was.
    Very interesting process.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,140 Senior Member
    In the U.P. this weekend to check on the Wolf River apples in Grandma's yard...the tree is loaded with big apples...now all we need to do is wait for the first frost to do some picking....
    These aren't the best apples to snack on...but are phenomenal baking apples...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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