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Orleans County is blooming

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Orleans County orchards are in their glory right now, with apple and fruit trees blooming for the annual spring pollination.

These photos show apple blossoms at Watt Farms on Route 98 in Albion.

The bloom is about two weeks behind schedule due to the cool spring weather, the New York Apple Association said.

“For one of the most beautiful spring sights you’ll ever see, take a ride around the countryside this weekend or next,” said NYAA President Jim Allen. “With over 55,000 acres of apple trees across the state, we’ve got millions of branches near you.”

Allen says that growers are expecting a “business as usual”-sized crop this fall following last year’s very large crop. The 2013 crop totaled out about 32 million bushels; the state’s average is 29.5 million bushels. The 2013 crop has moved to market quickly, and remaining supplies are expected to be sold out in plenty of time before the new crop arrives.