Economics & Marketing


The organic food market is dynamic and growing. In Washington State, organic tree fruit production accounts for over half of the farmgate value of organic crops and livestock produced, and the state is the leading producer in the country of organic apples, pears, and cherries. WSU faculty work with industry and organic sector partners worldwide to monitor trends in organic tree fruit and to provide outlooks to growers and the industry to help them with their strategic decisions. 

2016 Projections. The following two presentations were delivered in January 2016 and have been revised and annotated for use here. They contain data on the current organic apple situation in Washington along with projections of future supply, value, and price.

2015 Organic session, Wash. St. Tree Fruit Assoc. annual meeting, Dec. 8, 2015, Yakima, WA. The Organic Tree Fruit Sector session focused on the current status of organic tree fruit markets along with discussions of several important production and policy issues.







More Resources

  • Organic, What is It? by Joe Gabriel, Oregon Organic Marketing, December 2000. A description of the historical trends in markets for organic apples and pears and what the market might look like in the next 5-10 years.
  • Food Alliance web site. The Food Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Portland, OR, working to develop incentives for more sustainable farming through the use of ecolabels and consumer education.