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Connecticut farms limit visitor apple picking this year due to lighter crop

Some orchards across southwestern Connecticut say they've had a lighter crop this year, and visitors can no longer pick their own apples. The owner of Silverman's Farm on Sport Hill Road in Easton

News 12 Staff

Oct 4, 2014, 3:52 AM

Updated 3,547 days ago

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Some orchards across southwestern Connecticut say they've had a lighter crop this year, and visitors can no longer pick their own apples.
The owner of Silverman's Farm on Sport Hill Road in Easton says this will be the first fall weekend of the year that visitors won't be able to go apple picking. Visitors that spoke with News 12 said they are a little disappointed.
Irv Silverman says there are about 12,000 to 13,000 apple trees on his farm, with about 18 different varieties of apples. Silverman says they usually pick half of their crop themselves to sell in their market, and the rest is picked by visitors at the farm.
He says some trees are biannual, meaning they'll have a heavier crop one year and a lighter crop the next. This could have been a contributing factor in this year's shortage.
Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel and Beardsley Farm in Shelton had smaller apple crops this year as well, and visitors can only pick their own apples on weekends.


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