Did you know the Mcintosh apple is Vermont's state fruit? There are plenty of other fun facts related to the importance of apples in Vermont below. Continue reading to learn more and get excited about the upcoming apple-picking season! There are plenty of pick-your-own orchards for you and your family to make the next life-long memory. Don't forget to take that everlasting photo of your kids in a tree, picking that first apple of the season!
Vermont Apple Facts:
- Vermont's fresh apple crop is valued at $12-15 million each year.
- Processed apple products, like cider, applesauce and hard cider bring an additional $10-12 million into the state each year.
- Vermont's leading apple varieties are Mcintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Empire.
- Vermont grows over 100 apple varieties, ranging from old favorites like McIntosh, Cortland and Northern Spy, to newer ones like Honeycrisp, Gala and Zestar.
- Vermont has almost 4,000 acres of commercial apple production.
- Mcintosh apples became the state's leading variety after an extremely cold winter (1917-18) devastated most other varieties.
- On average, it costs Vermont's apple growers about $12 to produce, harvest, store and market one bushel of apples.
- In 1999, the Vermont legislature designated the apple as the state fruit, and the apple pie as the state pie.
- Annual apple production: 800,000 bushels; that's about 96 million individual apples.
- That number broken down for:
- Pick-your-own: about 200,000 bushels
- Orchard Harvested: about 600,000 bushels
- Cider (hard and regular): about 20% typically goes to processing, about 160,000 bushels
- One bushel of apples yields about 3.5 gallons of cider Vermont has 60 commercial apple orchards 25 are PYO orchards (guests pick the apples) Vermont has 12 commercial hard cider makers (VT Hard Cider Association) Vermont has 6 commercial ice cider makers (VT Ice Cider Association) The Vermont State Horticultural Society, founded in 1896, which later became the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, is the state's oldest agricultural producer organization.