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Slim pickings for orchards

Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season

A late frost has led to an early apple season and a shortage that has caused many farmers locally to not offer "pick-your-own" apples this year.

A late frost has led to an early apple season and a shortage that has caused many farmers locally to not offer "pick-your-own" apples this year.

— However, some growers in other parts of the greater Capital District are fairing better.

Kevin Bowman, owner of Bowman Orchards in Rexford, said his farm’s crop is at 100 percent because of the orchard’s high elevation. They’ve already been picking apples for several weeks.

“We started out very busy. We’ve been going fast and furious,” he said.

It is still not known if apple growers will be receiving state aid, while the federal government has announced 28 counties in New York are eligible for relief loans and benefits after being declared natural disaster areas. Any relief would help farms get back on their feet to prepare for next year.

“I’ve been doing this 45 years and I can say this experience is foreign to me,” said Abbruzzese. “At least business is never boring.”

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