MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects apple production to increase by 8 million pounds in West Virginia this year.Not everyone sees that as good news.
There is a definite down side, Derek Kilmer, owner of Kilmer’s Farm Market in Berkeley County, said.
“Everybody’s got fruit this year.” Kilmer said. “The market kind of stinks right now.”
The processing prices often determine the fresh market prices, according to Kilmer.
“Since there are so many apples out there the juice prices are lower, the canning prices are lower.” he said.
About 95 percent of the state’s apple production is concentrated in Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan counties, according to state figures.