Apple Picking: Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 15th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1i7swtz3/
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Upstate New York is enjoying one of its best apple crops this year. Let's look at why the apples are doing so well and why so many people love to pick them

A Record Year For Apples


Apples are ripe for picking all over Upstate New York. This is the time of year when people head out to the country and return with bags, bushels or baskets full of apples. Then, the apples will be packed in brown paper bag lunches, baked in apple pies or crushed into apple sauce.
Apples are a big business in New York state, one of the country's top apple producers. There are nearly 700 apple farmers across the state who produce an average of 29.5 million bushels of apples annually. This year could be a new record with an estimated 32 million bushels of apples that should be picked by the time the season ends in November, according to the New York Apple Association.
Mother Nature cooperated with the apples by providing nearly perfect apple growing weather this year. There were no cold snaps when the blossoms appeared this spring. That meant that nearly all of the blossoms grew into apples. A warm, sunny summer with plenty of rain mixed in helped the apples grow large and sweet, according to the New York Apple Association.
Let's learn more about apple farming from an apple farmer's perspective:

How To Pick Apples


Picking apples is easy. Just walk up to an apple tree, look for an apple, and pull it off the tree. It helps if you bring a tall friend with you so your friend can reach up and grab the apples on the higher branches. Some orchards give you a special pole to reach the highest apples if you don't have tall friends.
Most farmers mark their trees with colored ribbons or a splash of spray paint. Farmers either write the name of the apple on the ribbon or give you a map listing the varieties and explaining the color coded system. For example, the map may say that blue ribbons or paint splashes are for McIntosh apples, red ones are for Gala and green are for Granny Smith apples.
Be sure to wander the rows of apple trees and scout out the orchard before you start picking. You will often find the biggest and best apples in the farthest row or at the very back of the orchard. It's human nature for people to pick the apples closest to them first and then leave the best for last.
Remember that apples may hide on you. Some of the biggest apples can be found in the back of the tree or behind a row of leaves. Many people miss these apples because they just didn't see them.
A bushel or basket is the best container to pick apples because these are sturdy and won't break. The downside is a bushel full of apples can be heavy to carry. Some orchards provide you with wagons and carts to make your apples easier to carry.
Bags are also a good place to deposit apples. Canvas bags and paper bags are best because they don't rip easily. If you use plastic bags, be sure to double and even triple the bags. Apples are heavier than they look. It's easy to overload a bag and have it tear without realizing it.
Some people like to fill their containers with different varieties of apples. Others prefer to pick one variety per bag. It doesn't matter which technique you use. You will be charged based on how much your apples weigh - not on what variety you pick.

Why Picking Your Own Apples is Popular


Picking apples is more fun than buying apples from a farmers' market or store. Some orchards offer other attractions such as gift shops, cafes, wagon or hay rides, and pumpkin patches. Apple orchards are a fun place to take the children and the adults.
Picking apples is like going on a hike. Admire the rows of trees growing on the hillsides. Watch a hawk circling above you in the sky. Listen to the children giggling and squealing as they try to pick the perfect pumpkin.
The apples are the biggest reward for apple pickers. This year's apples are big and juicy. They're ready to be eaten, baked or crushed. Just don't forget to bring your tall friend along.

Attribution


The video came from You Tube.
This article used some information from the New York Apple Association
I took all the pictures myself.

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Apple, Apple Trees, Apples, Fruit, Fruits

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Nice post. I will not be able to pick in NY, but always find time for a fall outing to Ellijay, GA and make pies, jellies and butters. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Great article. Informing and entertaining. I'd like to be in upstate New York right now. Thank you.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn. Apples are great to pick no matter what state you live in.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Steve. It's a great time of year to visit Upstate New York.

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author avatar Carol
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Lovely post, I really like apples!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Sep 2013 (#)

I love apples..am the biggest scrumper (one who goes around picking apples off trees) I KNOW...since I was a child would go from garden to garden picking...and even now when I see a tree it calleth to me and I pick....thank you a piece that does my heart good....

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
16th Sep 2013 (#)

This is an excellent page dear Connie , and so deserving of the star ...
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carol. Apples are the best.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. Keep on scrumping.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Stella. Glad you enjoyed it.

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author avatar Retired
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Nice page. I have plans to go and pick wild apples near here. I miss living in a house with an apple tree.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
17th Sep 2013 (#)

Sounds great, Jackalyn Ann. You can't beat the taste of apples fresh off the tree.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Sep 2013 (#)

Excellent post Connie as always, by the way ; hows your apple pie? Do you make cider too? Yummm!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
17th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, F.ern. No, I don't make cider. i can bake a good apple pie

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Sep 2013 (#)

Lovely Connie...I had a grand day with the grandchildren last week picking apples...lovely page!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
30th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. I bet you had a lot of fun.

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