End of Apple Season
Apple season is coming to an end. It has been a great year for those who are involved in apples. Every fall, hands come from across the states to join in apple picking during the precious few months that apples are crisp enough to fall from the trees. Now picking season is over and the delicious and famous apple tastes of Vermont are winding down as well. For those who are unfamiliar with the history behind giving apples during the fall season, or consuming Vermont apple cider, stay tuned.
Fall is actually considered “apple season.” This is the time of year when apples are harvested from trees. Lodi apples are picked in mid-July as they are the earliest type of apples to appear, while Suncrisp and Fuji can be picked in the middle of October. Most apples, such as Red Delicious or Gala, are picked in September. These apples are ready for picking around the middle or end of the month, based on the weather during the last season, as well as any potential setbacks from disease. This last season was wrought with apple picking success though and everyone was able to benefit. Grandma’s homemade apple pie sat on open windows and hot cider filled the bellies of kids coming in from the snow. As is a holiday tradition, stores sold delicious apple beverages in their local venues and online, making it easier than ever to stock up for the holiday season on some of your favorite foods and drinks.
It is during these fall months that firm and crisp apples are seen all over, in every form. Hot apple cider becomes a tradition over the impending holidays, and this year was no exception. In fact, this last season was a large success for farmers and field owners around the states. This last year, apple crops increased by eight percent across the board, bringing a higher influx of sweet and delicious fruit to store fronts. This past year also brought in record apple numbers across the United States, and experts are expecting more apples and sweeter Vermont apple cider will be available all over in the coming year.