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New York fruit farms ready for apple picking season, despite drought

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — The Labor Day vacation weekend means the opening of apple picking season at many space fruit farms. 

Drought circumstances made for a less-than-ideal rising season, however apple farmers mentioned there’s nonetheless loads to select from, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Friday. 

Apple season at Wilkens Fruit and Fir begins the primary Saturday in September.

“It means Wilkens Farm is open and we enjoy every minute of it,” mentioned Anthony Cutrone, who at all times marks his calendar. 

The bushes are laden however many of those fruity beauties appear a tad on the small facet. 

“Since June 17th we’ve only had 2.2 inches of rain,” mentioned Randy Pratt, from Wilkens Fruit & Fir. “The impact will be smaller apples, but sweeter apples. So the apples will be great tasting, but a little bit on the small side, and mostly from the younger trees.” 

Pratt mentioned the drought impacted the rising season. The farm really retrofitted an orchard sprayer with a PVC pipe to dump a day by day 2 gallons of water on bushes. 

Fifteen miles east is Outhouse Orchards in North Salem. They mentioned despite the drought, 2022 brings a contented apple crop because of a whole lot of exhausting work by devoted employees. 

“That entails installing drip irrigation lines to certain areas of the farm. We planted 800 new trees this year and with the new trees we really have to keep up to date with watering it,” mentioned Kaela Outhouse. 

Both farms have apple pies and cider donuts ready for the season. They anticipate to welcome many from the Big Apple comfortable to spend a day within the nation simply 30 miles north of the Bronx. 

“We hear from people coming up from the boroughs all the time, who come here to enjoy the outdoors, to get the fresh air, to go climb some trees, to go pick some apples,” mentioned Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater. 

Some space apple farms are utilizing a weekend reservation system, so it’s best to examine web sites earlier than visiting. Farmers informed us Columbus Day weekend is usually the busiest of the season. 

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