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A pair of pickers at Alstede Farms in Chester, which offers 30 apple varieties.
A pair of pickers at Alstede Farms in Chester, which offers 30 apple varieties.
Posted: Monday September 17, 2012
The Guide: Apple picking season coming early to the region, thanks to weird weather weird weather
By ELYSE TORIBIO of The Record

Apple picking is an annual family tradition for many, and this year, it might be wise to make your orchard outing as early in the season as possible. With Hurricane Irene wreaking havoc last August and a mild winter causing an early blossom in some areas, farms in the state and surrounding regions have had varied harvests.

The New Jersey Farm Bureau reports that the farther north the location, the more likely it had diminished yields — New York is off 50 percent from its usual seasonal yield.

Pochuck Valley Farms in Glenwood had harvests that were thrown off by the past year’s unpredictable weather.

"Last year it was mud central, and the season ended the earliest it ever had," said Michelle Williams, sales manager and daughter of the farm’s owner. "Even what we had in our storage cooler was finished before Christmas, and that’s never happened."

Still, the farm is making the best of its harvest. "What has come up so far has been pretty good," Williams said.

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