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Apples in Baltimore area

TKinBaltimore | | Oct 2, 2009 10:28 AM

This being the apex of apple season here in the Mid-Atlantic, I'd like to get an indication from fellow apple fans out there about where I can find reasonably priced apples. The prices at the farmers' markets are, in my opinion, high ($1.75/lb seems to be the cartel price this year).

Even at most of the general grocery stores I haven't seen fall apples this pricey in many years; the Galas, Macs, and Granny Smiths are being sold "on sale" at $1/lb. The 2-3 lb. totes are about the same. If we were off-season I could understand this, but obviously we're not.

Is this just an aberration? Has there been some apple crisis I'm not aware of this year? Or am I just an aging curmudgeon who hasn't kept up with the times + prices?

If anyone has a good source of places in the Baltimore area that are selling a good variety of apples for less than the above prices, I'd love to hear about it. I don't want bushels, or even pecks. Just some eaten-out-of-hand apples that I don't feel I'm being gouged for.