Local apple crop thriving this year
Tuesday October 22, 2013 | By:Submitted to Journal |
NEW YORK — An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and with New York state’s bountiful crop this year, there are multiple opportunities to do so.
“Last year’s fruit crops, including apples, were devastated by a combination of unseasonably warm spring weather, that was followed by freezing temperatures,” said Sen. Catharine Young, chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “After facing such a difficult year in 2012, this year’s harvest demonstrates the resilience of our apple growers, throughout the state.”
New York state is the second largest producer of apples in the United States, with an average of 25 million bushels of apples produced annually. According to the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, $233 million worth of apples were produced in the state in 2010.
“If you have not taken the opportunity to visit a local orchard or farm, I encourage you to join me in supporting New York state’s vibrant agricultural heritage by making it a part of your fall tradition,” said Young.
The New York State Apple Association sponsors a “Pick an apple” website, where the public can locate apple growers nearby, including sites in Boston and North Collins. Visit www.nyapplecountry.com, for more information.