Fresh apple season soon begins here in California, but the California Dept of Agriculture has sure screwed it up! Why? Because for the recent past years it has been illegal to import apples into this state unless they have been certified as meeting the Dept’s 60 day cold storage requirement.
Yes that's right . . . the apples that you purchase today in our supermarkets, are most likely imported from Washington State or overseas and abroad. These apples will have been in mandatory cold storage for 60 days prior to being sold. This chill requirement (for pest control) does not apply to California's apples, but unfortunately, today’s California apple crop is very small and is shrinking every year due to the popularity, price, and volume of imported apples. In Sebastopol, California (a prior king of California’s apple orchards), their apple farms are now being rapidly converted into more profitable wine vineyards. Gone are the days when you could buy new season crop apples in your local supermarket, picked fresh off of the tree!
So I plead - does anyone know where to purchase a case of fresh picked apples from perhaps the San Joaquin Valley? I prefer the cold weather Courtland apples of New York, but FedEx / UPS won't ship them without the Calif Dept of Agriculture’s 60 day cold storage certification.