Never, in my life, have I seen such absurdly high apple prices. They are EASILY up 30% over last year, despite it being an excellent year for the apple harvest Remember this when you go to VOTE!!!
The prices for pick your own apples vary ENORMOUSLY throughout North America. It tends to be highest closer to urban areas, and especially in states that have higher taxes and costs overall, like the northeast and west coast. Here are a few local prices as reported.
2023: Apple prices at farm markets range from $30 to $80 per bushel.
It varies considerably by variety. More popular varieties like Honeycrisp are at the high end, red delicious is at the low end.
The chart at right or above from the USDA dates to 2018, but it gives a good idea of how the apple prices vary by variety.
A "40 lb box" means bushel.
The 2023 median price is most likely around $50 per bushel (42 lbs) in most areas of the U.S.
You should get this much...
Commonly made products
(85 to 95 apples)
|1 bushel = 12 to 15 qt.
canned applesauce (no sugar added), 14 - 18 with sugar
1 bushel = 10 to 12 qt. juice
||1 quart applesauce||2 pints|
|8 medium apples = 2.25 lbs||1 nine-inch apple pie
3 cups of applesauce
|1 peck = 10 to 14 lbs||1
peck makes = 3 or 4.5 qts.
canned applesauce (no sugar added), 3.3 to 5.5 with sugar
1 peck makes 2.5 to 3.5 qt. juice
|3 or 4.5 qts. canned applesauce|
|1/2 peck = 5 to 7 lbs||Eat them fresh. Too few to make anything|
You may find these pages useful:
For an excellent article about apple cider from Mother Earth News, click here.
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