Apple Industry in Northwest Arkansas
For more than fifty years, Benton and Washington counties, in
northwest Arkansas, were two of the leading apple producing counties
of the nation. Fine orchards dotted the landscape producing Jonathan,
Ben Davis, Winesap, Delicious, Yellow Transparent and Golden Grimes
apples. The shipping centers were Bentonville, Rogers, Siloam Springs,
Springdale and Fayetteville. A large vinegar plant was put into operation at Rogers.
For cross-polination bees are used. Numerous hives
are seen in the orchards.
For many years apple-blossom tours were sponsored by the above
towns in April. In the 1920's Rogers had an apple blossom festival
that was one of the big attractions of the State.
The apple industry is now at low ebb in this area. Dairying and
broiler raising have taken its place.
For a novel on the apple industry in Benton County see, And Then
We'll be Rich, by Clare Bell. (New York, 1951).