According to www.modernfarmer.com , the unprecedented growth of hard cider, especially premium craft cider, has created such a rush of demand that farmers have not been able to keep up with produce.
Apple trees take typically 5 years to fully start producing apples, and even then some varieties only produce bi-annually (once every two years).
In particular, cider apples, different from dessert (eating apples), are EXTREMELY short to come by. Being that the cider movement has only marked its fifth birthday, the apple farmers are working diligently to supply for the demand. But we can only hope that they can produce them fast, and produce enough.
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Published by: Jonathan Frochzwajg, Modern Farmer