The warmer than normal weather this spring means the apple crop is ready three weeks earlier than normal this year.
But local orchard owners say their crop isn’t ideal this year. Several hard freeze events in April mean orchards are seeing lower grade apples.
Brian Etchen is owner of the Iowa Orchard in Urbandale. He says due to the freeze in Iowa and across the Midwest, apples at local orchards will be scarce.
As a result, prices in orchards and at grocery stores will increase. Etchen expects the price of top grade apples to increase 30 to 40 percent.
Etchen says while prices will be higher this season, prices should settle down next year.