By Paul Schmitt
The area apple orchards are readying for another successful harvest this fall, as national projections show a favorable forecast. According to the U.S. Apple Association, the crop this year would be 8 percent smaller than last year but right about at the 5-year average. Steve Wood from Wood Orchard in Egg Harbor says the area apple orchards survived the summer well and is optimistic about this year's apple crop.
Wood anticipates the harvesting to begin after Labor Day with the majority of the apple crop to be harvested in mid-September. He says the SweeTango and Honeycrisp apples remain the most popular locally.