Finding local apples

jennieboyer(8)October 12, 2012

Hi All -

I want to do some homemade applesauce to turn into apple butter, but can't find any local source other than grocery stores. Any ideas on how to find a good source?

Also, what type of price should I be looking for? The grocery stores are currently at $1.00 per pound. Have no clue how this compares to what I should be looking for.

Also, are grocery store apples any good for what I want to do?

Thanks!

Jennie

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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

Where are you?

I'm in the DC metro area and we have tons of farmers markets with some bringing in produce from as far away as West VA and PA.

I haven't been looking at apple prices, but I'm always shocked how expensive EVERYTHING is at these farmers markets, so I'd expect you'll be paying much more than a dollar a pound.

On the other hand, I've read that the further you get from the city, the lower the prices people are willing to pay.

Are there any orchards near you? That's probably where you'll find the cheapest fruit.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:38PM
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jennieboyer(8)

Hi Bart - I'm in South Georgia - just north of the Florida line. I can find lots of strawberries and blueberries, but not a single apple outside of the grocery store. No real farmer's markets in the area and can't find a single orchard that does anything besides pecans....I might just be living in the wrong part of the country for what I want to do......

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:57PM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

$1.00 per pound is really not all that bad. When I visited the local orchard and picked my own, I paid 80 cents/pound. I haven't seen cheaper than that.

As far as supermarket apples go, I'd try to find McIntosh and Cortland if you can. If you use other eating varieties (Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, Granny, etc.), they're typically not as well suited to sauce / apple butter / cooking in my opinion as the softer McIntosh types, which are also very flavorful and aromatic, and reduce down to a smooth sauce.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 2:42PM
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brookw_gw

Localharvest is a great place to begin.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 3:35PM
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    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 3:40PM
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jennieboyer(8)

Thanks everyone - all of the sites (and a call to the local farm bureau and department of agriculture) confirm what I thought - closest orchard is more than 150 miles away!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 4:11PM
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