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Apple harvest gets underway, a little later than usual

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 September 2019 at 9:22 am

Photo courtesy of Zingler Farms: Zingler Farms in Kendall started picking SweeTango apples on Friday to kick off the fall harvest.

Apple growers in Orleans County have started their harvest, about a week later than usual due to the damp spring, and then some cool summer nights.

It will be a busy 8 to 10 weeks for the apple growers who expect other later-season varieties to mature on schedule. That will compress the harvest season and make for some long days to get all the apples picked.

New York is the country’s second-leading apple producer behind Washington State. New York harvests about 30 million bushels of apples each year.

Orleans County is a big apple growing county in New York, behind only Wayne County.

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