WESTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Apple picking season is already here. In Massachusetts, this year’s crop is better than last year.
“This season is full production; last year of course there was a lot of frost around the area and a lot of orchards lost apples,” explains Brad Morse of Outlook Farm in Westhampton.
But the chilly air isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, the cool nights are ideal for apples to grow just right.
“Night temperatures down in the 30s and 40s are going to help them color up very well,” adds Morse.
Macintosh apples are a favorite, but they are just one of 23 varieties at the farm.
“Honey crisp apples are a new popular type, Gala is a sweeter Red-Delicious type, and next week we’ll get into Cortlands, and many more too.”
The fruit is literally weighing down the branches. You can pick your own apples at Outlook Farm starting this weekend.
“We’ve find the kids that use to come are now the parents bringing their kids. So it’s a traditional thing,” says Morse.
And while it may not be tough to find the perfect piece of fruit, you may need to think long and hard of what you will do with it. There is apple pie, apple crisp, candy apples, apple dumplings, applesauce, or apple cider.
The good news is that you have plenty of time this season to try it all!