Apple season is here and Oswego County apple growers have already begun picking early varieties of this year’s harvest.
Luckily, farmers in Oswego County were not as affected by the spring frost that destroyed so many nearby counties’ crops.
Eric Behling of Behlings Orchards said, “Our Mexico location was spared the majority of this year’s weather issues… so far! From the major freezes, to the drought and hail storms, we miraculously have 70% of a crop.”
Gary Hurlbut of Maple Help Stock Farm in Mexico added, “Our apple crop is down just a little bit this year. Our U-Pick operation is already going and availability is good! We expect to be able to go through the third week of October, depending on the weather.”
Therefore, when looking for a place to go to get fresh New York apples this year, Oswego County is it!
From Macintosh to Empires to Honeycrsip – find them all in Oswego County!
Many operations also offer a variety of fall activities like corn mazes, hayrides, and of course “U-Pick” where customers can get out in the orchard and enjoy the fresh fall air and scenery as they pick their own apples right off the tree!
Following is a list from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County of the orchards with apples this year.
If you would like more information on where to find local agricultural products, like fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, call CCE at 315.963.7286 for their Oswego County Harvest Guide:
Appledale Orchards – 6018 State Route 3, Mexico
Behling Orchard – 114 Potter Road, Mexico
Fruit Valley Orchard – 507 Bunker Hill Road, Oswego
Greco Family Farm & Orchard – 297 W. Fifth Street Road, Oswego
Maple Help Stock Farm – 207 Hurlbut Road, Mexico
Ontario Orchards – 7735 State Route 104, Oswego
Oswego County is a rural county, with a prosperous agricultural community.
The diversity of land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables.
Within the county there are at least seven local farmers’ markets, with one open almost every day of the week.
The agricultural community in this county generates $39.4 million in annual revenue from 639 farms and supplies more than 5,000 jobs.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.
Its mission is to improve the quality of life for the community through education that is valuable to the lives of Oswego County residents.
For more information, please call 315-963-7286 or go to www.thatscooperativeextension.org