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New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania

Eastern Seaboard apple season officially opens

The New Hampshire Fruit Growers Association announces the start of the state’s apple season. New Hampshire’s apple season runs from mid-August through October, with different varieties becoming ready throughout the season. Modern storage techniques make N.H. apples available year-round at several outlets. Over 50 varieties of apples are grown in the state, with N.H. favorites like McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Macoun, Gala, Mutsu and Honeycrisp.

New for this year, the NHFGA has redesigned their member farm and orchard website directory, making it easier for the public to find pick your own apples, heirloom varieties, farm stands and more.

New York state
Things are also looking great for New York’s apple harvest. Cynthia Haskins, president and CEO of the New York Apple Association in Fishers, New York, said that the anticipated crop is 32 million bushels for 2020, up from 31.5 million in 2019. Recent rainfall has given orchards some much-needed moisture in areas that have lacked rain.

“We have a good range of sizes and colors,” Haskins said. “The orchard I was just in had Paula Reds. It tasted great right off the tree.”

Under the late summer sun, honey crisp apples up high and low to the ground were being picked at Heller Orchards in Conyngham Township, Pennsylvania, and going into a Pluk-O-Trak now that they're showing red and ready for eating.


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