Apple growers from across the state are hailing this year's apple crop as the best in many years following storm events that devastated many apple orchards in recent years.
"As the fall season arrives, the time has never been better to taste the variety of products from our vibrant apple industry," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "New York's apple growers caught a bad break with last year's warm spring and early frosts, but 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best years yet for the industry. So whether it's a homemade apple pie or an apple cider donut, there is a wide selection of delicious apple products to enjoy, and I encourage New Yorkers to visit a local apple orchard this autumn."
Local orchards where people can go to pick their own apples include:
Abers Acres, 884 Route 394, Kennedy. For more information, call 267-2431 or visit www.abersacres.com. The farm also includes a roadside stand and farm market.
Falcone Farms Inc., 1707 King Road, Forestville. For more information, call 965-2503. The farm also includes an apple grower, roadside stand and an area for customers to pick their own apples.
Meadows Farm Inc., 10459 Prospect Road, Forestville. For more information, call 965-2923. The farm includes an apple grower, cider, gift boxes, a farm market and an area for customers to pick their own apples
Peterson Farm, 3260 Fluvanna Ave. Ext., Jamestown. For more information, call 483-2202. The farm has a roadside stand as well.
Sheridan Hill Farm, PO Box 494, Forestville. For more information, call 965-4899. Customers can pick their own apples and the farm has its own market.
Whittier Farm, 1507 Blockville Watts Flats Road, Blockville. For more information, visit www.whittierfarm.com. The farm has a market and has cider available.
New York typically ranks second in the nation for apple production, behind Washington state. Last year's crop, however, was diminished mainly by an early warm spring that was followed by several frost events that killed the apple buds. The prospects for this year's crop look very good thus far, and Cuomo encourages New Yorkers and tourists to buy New York apple products, visits u-pick orchards and help further the industry's rebound in 2013.
Earlier this year, researchers at Cornell University announced two new apple varieties that had been developed in partnership with the New York Apple Growers. Dubbed SnapDragon and RubyFrost, the new varieties spent roughly a decade in development as well as a year-long consumer testing process before being released to the public. Both varieties will be hitting select farm stands this fall and by 2015 are expected to be available in grocery stores across the state.
Information on locations where New Yorkers can purchase home-grown New York state apple ciders, hard ciders and apple wines is also available at the "Taste NY" website, located at www.taste.ny.gov. More information on New York's apple industry and location of 654 apple orchards around the state is available at the New York Apple Association's website, located at www.nyapplecountry.com. The locations of orchards where customers can pick their own apples is available at www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php.
"We have a vintage crop of apples this year with ideal growing conditions, making flavor, size and color at optimum quality levels," said Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association. "New Yorkers and visitors are going to love this year's homegrown, locally harvested crop. We also anticipate an outstanding cider season thanks in part to the extra sweetness in this year's apples. I thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support of New York apples."