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A bumper crop of apples

Crisp fall weather means apple cider, pie and other products—and Virginia growers are supplying the market with plenty of local apples.

“It’s been a great season,” said Joe Snapp, owner of West Oaks Farm and Market in Winchester. Snapp grows 16 apple varieties that he sells wholesale, retail and “U-pick.” He said this year’s weather has been ideal for apples.

“We’ve had plenty of rainfall all summer,” said Snapp, who also chairs the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s Apple Advisory Committee. “The apples are very sweet, and it’s an excellent crop.”

Donald Ayers, a fourth-generation farmer and owner of Ayers Orchard in Carroll County, echoed Snapp’s sentiments. “It’s a crop of a lifetime,” said Ayers.
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