And you know what? THEY DID FINE
You hear a lot about the mountains being rocky, hilly, & "bad for farming," which, false.
They're bad for farming GRAIN. And actually pretty great at most other things.
Traditionally, fruit grown in rainy places are great for juicing, sauce, canning, & other processing. But not for selling whole.
It's NOT a "don't want spots on my apples" thing. Fruit w any skin damage, including spots, go bad real fast.
Now, it's once every 2-3 weeks.
Which means they can run 500+ acre orchards w just 1-2 air blast rigs. Leaves the farms more time & money to invest in postharvest handling & sales.
My VA farm brought their trainer in from TN. The WV farms had to get someone from *Georgia.*
It grows bumper crops of veggies the rest of the South is too hot to grow: pumpkins, leafy greens, peas, etc.