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Apple season in the Finger Lakes: What makes the region ripe for growth?

Apple season is here. Thera are plenty of them in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York, which begs the question: Why is this region so famous for apples?

New York has been a major apple producer for decades. In fact, it’s been considered one of the biggest producers for over 100 years- and is the second largest producer in the United States.

The state accounts for roughly 30 million bushels of apples per year.


In the Finger Lakes region – Wayne County is in one of the major apple growing districts in New York. It makes sense as you drive along Lake Ontario, or even the State Route 104 corridor – there are fields-and-fields of apple trees.

Specifically, Wayne County is the third largest producer of apples in the U.S. Speaking to county production levels, anyway.

It has to do with the region’s climate. New York has some of the best weather for growing apples – and that makes all the difference.

So, knowing all of that – when does the season peak? It’s happening now. From late-August through mid-October apple picking season is in full swing.



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