Regional Spotlight: Utah
Apples have always been an important fruit crop in Utah, with early pioneers bringing seedlings to the region as early as the mid-19th century. Through trial and error, the best locations for growing the fruit were eventually determined to be on the beautiful hillsides along the Wasatch Front in central Utah.
Today, more than 90 percent of the apples grown in the state come from an area of the Wasatch Front called the Utah Valley. While the majority of these apples are grown by a core group of about 10 growers, several smaller orchards reside throughout the state, and all are united in their effort to sell local. Echoed by Utahans’ hunger to buy local, the shared sentiment means as much as 70 percent of the apple crop stays within state lines each year.
That sense of pride is seen in the handiwork of the orchardists, who raise and harvest many high-quality apple varieties, including Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathans, Jonagold and Honey Crisp.