Get out your bags and head to the orchards! Fall officially begins tomorrow, and all of your fall favorite crops are growing very well this year.
Warm days makes great weather for picking, and cool nights is great for apple and pumpkin crops. And we've had our fair share of cold nights the past week. Temperatures plummeted into the 30s with frost four nights in a row for the higher elevations. We broke the record low temperature friday night. Reaching a chilly 30 degrees overnight.
This cooler weather is perfect conditions for the apple crops. The owner of North Star Orchards in Westmoreland, Mr. George Joseph, says "For apples, this is optimum weather. We have cool nights, warmer days. Because of the sugar in the apples, we have no fear of them freezing. It would have to go a lot lower than what we've been experiencing. But with the colder weather, the starch in the apples actually turns to sugars. So that's what makes a sweeter apple."
And this has brought many people out to pick apples this season. One apple picker and the Manager of the Thousand Islands Winery, Lauren Rubino, says "I really like making pies with the apples I pick." And making sweet treats with these apples seems like the popular choice. Another apple picker, Sean Lambert, says "Oh yeah, we give them to my girlfriends mom and she makes us apple crisp, apple fritters, whatever apple. I can't make anything but she's good at it."
North Star Orchards has apple picking everyday from 8:00am to 6:00pm until September 28th. Starting October 3rd, pumpkin and apple picking will be on Saturday and Sunday only from 10:00am to 4:00pm with wagon rides provided for free.