Steve Wood doesn't mince words. Why did he 'doze out acres of excellent New England Macs and replace them with 7,000 trees that give him nasty, bitter little apples even a pig would spit out?
"It was simple," he says. "We realized that once we finally had all our trees producing Macs and Cortlands for six dollars a box, we'd have to sell off lots for housing developments to pay the bills." The revenue from those apples barely covered the cost of growing them.
So now he has the largest plantation of cider apples in North America.