Apple season off to a strong start

Apple lovers in Door County are happy to see the trees full of fruit this year. Pickers at Wood Orchard have been busy picking apples over the last few weeks, highlighted by their popular SweeTango and Honey crisp varieties. Other early-season varieties like Paula Reds and Zestars are also ready to be picked in the area while Macintosh and Cortland apples may still be a few days away. Orchard owner Steve Wood says the last month has been really good for his crop.

This past weekend marked the first of many for pick-your-owns at Hillside Apples in Casco. Owner Bill Roethle says many of his customers were happy to get outside and enjoy a fun family activity.

Wisconsin is still expected to follow a nationwide trend of a smaller apple crop this year. The United States Department of Agriculture predicts this year’s apple crop to be down about 3.5 percent compared to last year at 253.6 million cartons.

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