If you still want to pick apples this fall, you’re in luck – farmers say weather conditions have extended this year’s season.
Farmers say the apple harvest typically wraps up at the end of October, but this year, there are still plenty of apples left on the trees.
According to Ronnie Gross, co-owner of Gross’ Orchard in Bedford County, apples are now past their peak this season, but right now there are varieties like Arkansas Black and Rome apples still around for picking.
Gross said he expects this year’s apple harvest season to continue until mid-November.
“This year, the growing season’s been extended because we had the late moisture, and we had vigor left in the tree that the apples adhered to the limbs much longer than normal,” he said.
The extended apple harvest hasn’t happened in a while, Gross said. Some seasons, it is still possible to find apples on the tree as late as Thanksgiving, he added.