Although producers have been hit by the economic downturn, consumers still have to eat and they will continue to buy produce.

On the plus side, apples are considered a basic staple among many consumers. So demand has not waned appreciably, according to Bruce Grim of the Washington Apple Growers Marketing Commission.

To read Grim's and other Washington agricultural leaders' comments on how the economic recession has affected agriculture, visit The Wenatchee World.