WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WKTV) --It's Labor Day and summer is coming to an end, meaning apple-picking season is just around the corner.
The trees at North Star Orchards are overflowing with apples, a welcome sight after a bare crop in 2012.
Only 10 percent of the crop turned out last year, but now, the branches are nearly breaking under the abundance of apples. George Joseph, the owner of North Star Orchards said it's one of the biggest crops he's seen in 20 years.
Crops are expected to bounce back stronger after dismal seasons, and the combination of a mild winter and a wet summer are making this year's crop even better.
"Without the apples last year, we have an abundant crop this year. Heavy in blossom and the rain has made the size really big," said Joseph.
There are 20 different kinds of apples at North Star Orchards and Joseph said they're all growing strong. It's a trend seen across New York State and crops are expected to be up 13 percent nationwide compared to last year.
Joseph said it's nice to have a different kind of problem.
"After coming off a very poor year, you know, and having to replace a lot of the apples because we retail 90 percent of our apples so when we have a loss we have to replace them and seeing all the apples this year it's a nice problem to have, figuring out if you're going to get rid of them all. And I think we will," said Joseph.
Apple picking season is expected to kick off on Sep. 21 at North Star Orchards.
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