The report shows trends in certified organic tree fruit in Washington and beyond.
WSU reports on growth in organic tree fruit
Good Fruit Grower // September 14, 2015
Retail organic food sales increased 11.2 percent in 2014. Organic fruit and vegetable sales increased 11.7 percent and accounted for 7 percent of all fruit and vegetable sales. (Courtesy Washington State University)
Organic apples grown and packed in Washington state in the 2013-14 season had a total f.o.b. value of more than $295 million, according to the report “Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree fruit” just released by Elizabeth Kirby and David Granatstein at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Washington had 14,000 acres of organic apples in 2014, which was 73 percent of the total organic apple acreage in the United States, and more are in transition.
More than 100 different varieties of apples are grown organically in the state.
The top two, Fuji and Gala, make up almost half of the organic crop. Honeycrisp is the third most important organic variety followed by Red Delicious and Granny Smith.
For more information on organic tree fruit trends in Washington State and beyond, see the full report.