2012 Apple Crop
Last year, the apples were so delicious and plentiful we put up more than usual and just recently finished what we had stored except for dried and we put up about 2 years of those. Anyway, last week, we bought a bushel of early mixed variety apples and I made some applesauce and apple butter with them.
In talking with the grower's at today's farmer's market they all reported the same thing - this year's crop would be significantly less and earlier. Our problem was hail damage in July but weather caused apple losses most everywhere east of the Mississippi. Annie's been telling us about Michigan's loss for some time.
I've attached a crop update from the New England Apple Association that gives crop estimates for most locations around the country and detailed info for New England. If you want apples this year - don't wait.
Here is a link that might be useful: 2012 Apple Crop