“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther

A few of the 94 million apple trees on 167,000 acres of orchards in Washington. They grow in a swath through the center of the state from the Canadian border down to Oregon where the intense irrigation needs can be met by the once mighty Columbia River. With 5.7 billion pounds of apples last year, Washington produced 71% of the US harvest. Eighty percent go into the fresh market (boxes) with twenty percent being processed into sauce, juice, etc.

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