Great weather for apple harvests this year

A mild spring and wet season produced bigger and juicier apples this year, increasing sales and production for farmers.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 6:35 PM

The weather was perfect for the apple trees this year, with bigger and juicier apples.

These perfect apples are drawing in customers quickly.

Both sales and the number of apples harvested have risen.

But also, farmers are able to produce a greater amount of cider.

With the same number of apples, they are able to produce 10% more cider, compared to last year.

We spoke to a local farmer, from Westmoreland, to see how the weather affects the apples..

For production of apple cider, Michael says "We produced 75 gallons per bin of apples last week, but typically we only get 60 gallons per bin each year."

Michael Joseph, the Co-Owner of North Star Orchard, says "All of the specific apples liked having wet weather and we also lucked out that we didn't have any of those severe storms that brought the hail or any of that to damage the apples."

The mild temperatures we had this past spring also helped apples grow, not allowing frost to form and destroy the apples.

Overall, its a perfect year for apple farmers and those who love apple picking.

If you would like to go to the U-Pick-It at the North Star Orchard, their hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday to Sunday and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bags are provided and cost $10 for a 1 peck bag (11-12lbs) or $15 for a half bushel bag (22-24lbs).

North Star Orchards Farm Market & Bakery is located at 4741 RT 233 in Westmoreland, NY.

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