It may be forgotten since it was more than a year ago, but a destructive frost last April devastated the 2016 apple crop. The numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture tell the tale.
Last year Connecticut produced just 12.5 million pounds of apples. That may seem like a lot, but it is half the 2015 production of 24.3 million pounds, a banner year. In 2014 the state produced 19.6 million pounds. In each year the amount of acres planted was the same — 1,800.
Other states were similarly affected. Massachusetts produced 28.4 million pounds, down from 42.4 million the year before and Vermont produced 26.7 million pounds, down from 35.9 million.