Best Apple Crop In Years, According to Bayfield Growers

Laurie Stribling

September 25, 2014 10:31 PM

When it comes to apple picking, Brady McCluskey is pretty proud.

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"I'm about five times faster than the average apple picker," McCluskey said.

McCluskey joked about having his 14-year-old beard to thank.

"It helps me pick," McCluskey said. "Sometimes, I think it's like a little Medusa out there grabbing apples on its own."

McCluskey is part of the team at the Bayfield Apple Company. Folks there said old man winter didn't stand a chance against the fall favorite.

"It's our best crop in about three years," Marketing Manager Missy Morin said. "All the snow kind of insulated the trees. The cold didn't really bother them."

The late spring did put them about a week and a half behind. That means overtime for people like McCluskey.

"You kind of zone out and become an apple zombie," McCluskey said.

Just down the road, the same sweet tune at Erickson Orchards.

"This is probably one of the best crops I've had in ten years," Owner Fred Erickson said. "The trees are starting to adopt back to what they used to be years ago when we had a lot of snow and cold weather."

Inside his country store, you'll find everything apple and it sells.

"They're healthy; they're crispy; they're delicious," visitor Linda Urbic said. "What more can you say?"

With crowds already filling Erickson's store, he has just one final Applefest plea.

"Justin, give us some good weather," Erickson said.

Applefest gets underway next weekend.


Laurie Stribling

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