Area orchards say early apple crop looks strong

Apple picking season arrives

CASHTON, Wis. (WKBT) - Apple picking season is underway and area orchards say it's looking like a bumper crop this year, thanks to all of the rain we've seen so far this year.

Maple Ridge Orchard in Cashton says after two difficult seasons, things are looking good so far.

Their picking season began earlier this week, with 20 varieties of apples already available across 12 acres of trees.

While Cashton was one of the communities in our area affected by flooding earlier this summer, the orchard's owner says their location meant they didn't see any ill effects.

"Thankfully, we're on a ridgetop, so the flooding hasn't impacted us much at all. It's just meant that the fruit is sizing up a bit better with all of the rain," said Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Peak apple-picking season is expected to last until about mid-October.

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