Bayfield Apples Almost Ready for Picking
Posted at: 09/23/2013 4:45 PM
| Updated at: 09/23/2013 6:21 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
The cold and late Spring set back the season at Bayfield's many apple orchards, but the farmers say there will be plenty of apples at the 52nd Annual Bayfield Apple Festival.
"I was kind of worried here a couple of weeks ago because of the late season, but they are coming along good now," said James Erickson of Erickson Orchard & Country Store.
Erickson knows apples, it's in his blood. For over 100 years, the Erickson family has grown apples in Bayfield. Now Jim's son, Fred, owns the business, but Jim was the one to start the Bayfield Apple Festival 52 years ago.
"All of the apples were trucked out of Bayfield years ago, now we got the people coming to Bayfield to buy the apples," said Erickson.
Though their Country Store is busy baking, the family orchard is pretty quiet right now. It's the same at Sunset Valley Orchard.
Like at the Erickson Orchard, the crop Sharon Johnson and her husband have this year is a few weeks behind, but it's catching up.
"It's a little bit late, the bloom didn't come until almost the second week in June, so the Spring was long and intense," said Johnson.
She tells apple lovers not to worry, they will be ready to show off their Cortlands, their McIntosh, and their Honey Golds.
"It's kind of like Christmas, everyone can hardly wait to get there," said Johnson.
But the apples aren't quite ready for picking. They still have a few days on the tree. At Apple Hill Orchard, Bill Ferraro says a sure sign the apples are ready is if their seeds are a deep brown.
You could still eat his apples, they'd just be a bit more tart and crisp. He said it all depends on your taste.
"It's kind of like a steak. Some people like it rare, some people like it medium, some like it over done, and apples are the same," said Ferraro.
The 52nd Annual Bayfield Apple Festival begins Friday, October 4th and runs through Sunday. More information on the festival can be found at Bayfield's website: http://bayfield.org/bayfield-activities/bayfield-apple-festival/.