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Big, beautiful crop of New York apples awaits in Finger Lakes

For those who like nothing better than biting into a freshly picked apple each fall, you’re in luck, said Cynthia Haskins, president and CEO of the New York Apple Association.

The fruit is excellent this year.

“The crop is looking really beautiful,” said Haskins, whose Victor-based agency promotes New York apples. “We’ve got a good range of sizes. The apples have colored up nicely.”

The state crop is expected to come in at about 31.5 million bushels, she said, compared to 33 million in 2018. Still, the 2019 estimate is at about the five-year average, Haskins explained.

In some areas, crops are about a week behind due to the cool spring, but that “everybody’s harvesting” early-season apple varieties now, said Haskins. The you-pick orchards are rolling too.

The warm days and cool nights we’ve been experiencing are good for apples, Haskins explained. Cool nights create great color and the warm days increase the sugar content.

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