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Weather has been nice for apple harvest

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Not quite a bumper crop in 2015

Photos by Tom Rivers – This photo shows an apple in an orchard on East State Street near the Butts Road intersection in Albion.

Local apple growers say the weather for the harvest season has been ideal for picking and packing the fruit.

New York is the country’s second-leading apple growing state, behind only Washington State. In a big year, NY will harvest 30 million bushels or boxes of apples. This year, the crop is expected at 26 to 27 million bushels. A frost over Memorial Day weekend damaged some of the buds and blossoms, taking a chunk out of this year’s crop.

“We are the second-largest apple growing state in the nation, so apple fans don’t have to look any further for great apples,” said Jim Allen, president of the NY Apple Association. “They will be glad they did, because closer means fresher, more flavorful apples.”

This photo shows a bin of apples at Excelsior Farms in Point Breeze.

Orleans County is NY’s second biggest apple producing county, behind Wayne County.