DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans to consider visiting a local apple orchard this fall. Many growers are reporting their apples are maturing a little ahead of normal, so Northey says now is a great time to visit an apple farm or pick some up at the local farmers market.
Nothey says that – while the cool, wet spring challenged many Iowa farmers – it has been near perfect weather for Iowa’s apple trees and the result is many orchards are reporting a bumper crop.
Visiting a local orchard is a great way to find new varieties that may not be available in a grocery store. Most orchards offer samples, so consider trying a new variety this year.
Nothey says a link to a list of apple growers can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website.