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High yield for Nova Scotia apples

The Nova Scotia apple season is on its way with great results. The yield is higher than expected due to excellent weather when the trees were blossoming allowing for great pollination. Frost was also avoided. If it occurs during the blossoming of the trees it will either diminish the crop or destroy the apples all together.

Janie Barkhouse of Inglis Farm uses conventional methods to specialize in new and heritage flavors of apples. “These apples are not found in many places because growers cut down the trees to replace them with more traditional apple flavors like Macintosh or Empire.”

Relatively small at twenty-five acres of orchards, Inglis Farm does not do much exporting, “We stay within the province, and at odd times we’ll ship to Ontario.” Instead they rely on farmer’s markets to spread the generally unheard of heritage apples. “Not many people have heard of king’s apples.” Named after the king of England, these apples sit in the middle of flavoring. “They’re not too sweet or too sour, but big, red and crispy.”

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