A beautiful hillside at Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, New Hampshire
TODAY MARKS the official celebration of the fresh apple harvest around New England. Commissioners of agriculture will be visiting orchards in five of the six states (Rhode Island Chief of Agriculture Ken Ayars will be at Phantom Farm in Cumberland Friday, September 6, as the Rhode Island Fruit Growers Association launches its 100th anniversary weekend celebration with Apple Harvest Day.)
Many of the region’s orchards have been picking early varieties during August, but now New England’s classic fall apples like McIntosh, Macoun, and Cortland, are nearly ready for picking. Macs should be available this weekend at many places; visit our New England apples website for information about orchards in your area, and call ahead to see what is available.
It should be an outstanding crop throughout New England, as these photos, all taken within the past month, attest. Happy picking!
A crew picks Jersey Macs at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
The trees are full of apples at Lanni Orchards in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.