A BRIEF TOUR of Vermont orchards Monday shows how New England’s 2016 apple crop is shaping up. Mid-season varieties like Cortland, Honeycrisp, and McIntosh are gaining color and size, and are already being picked in some locations, just days away in others.
Without more rain in September, the apples may be smaller than usual on average, and this year’s crop is considerably smaller than 2015’s bumper harvest. The season may not last as long as normal at some orchards as a result.
But as these pictures show, there are plenty of beautiful apples out there, and a visit to the orchard provides spectacular views, near and far. It should be a great fall.
It is always a good idea to call ahead to see what apples are ripe for picking. To find an orchard near you, visit the Orchard Finder on the New England Apples website. Click on your state to find complete listings and contact information.