While overall Washington apple volumes won’t likely reach last season’s bumper crop levels, production of the Pink Lady variety is expected to rise in 2009-10.

Pink Lady volumes projected to rise above last year

An estimate from the Yakima-based Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association puts this season’s crop at about 2.6 million cartons, up from 2.3 million cartons in 2008-09, according to a news release from Yakima-based Pink Lady America LLC.

As a result, consumers won’t likely have to scramble as much for Pink Ladies this year as they have in years past, said Alan Taylor, Pink Lady America’s marketing manager.

“We receive quite a few calls and emails from consumers asking where they can find the Pink Lady brand,” he said. “They’re telling us they’ve really enjoyed this apple in the recent past and now they can’t find it at the supermarket.”