It’s New England Apple Day!

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Cluster of PaulaRed apples at Steere Orchard, Geeenville, Rhode Island. (Bar Lois Weeks photo)

Cluster of PaulaRed apples at Steere Orchard, Geeenville, Rhode Island. (Bar Lois Weeks photo)

A beautiful hillside orchard at Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, New Hampshire. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

A beautiful hillside orchard at Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, New Hampshire. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

A beautiful hillside at Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, New Hampshire

A bough of Honeycrisp apples at Norton Brothers Fruit Farm, Cheshire, Connecticut. (Bar Lois Weeks photo)

A bough of Honeycrisp apples at Norton Brothers Fruit Farm, Cheshire, Connecticut. (Bar Lois Weeks photo)

TODAY MARKS the official celebration of the fresh apple harvest around New England. Commissioners of agriculture will be visiting orchards in five of the six states (Rhode Island Chief of Agriculture Ken Ayars will be at Phantom Farm in Cumberland Friday, September 6, as the Rhode Island Fruit Growers Association launches its 100th anniversary weekend celebration with Apple Harvest Day.)

Many of the region’s orchards have been picking early varieties during August, but now New England’s classic fall apples like McIntosh, Macoun, and Cortland, are nearly ready for picking. Macs should be available this weekend at many places; visit our New England apples website for information about orchards in your area, and call ahead to see what is available.

Buell's Orchard in Eastford, Connecticut, is one of many orchards with a full crop. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Buell’s Orchard in Eastford, Connecticut, is one of many orchards with a full crop. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

It should be an outstanding crop throughout New England, as these photos, all taken within the past month, attest. Happy picking!

Quabbin Reservoir is visible in the distance from the Atkins Farms orchard in Belchertown, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Quabbin Reservoir is visible in the distance from the Atkins Farms orchard in Belchertown, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Apple trees can be seen beyond a pond at Hickory Hill Orchards, Cheshire, Connecticut. (Bar Lois Weeks photo)

Apple trees can be seen beyond a pond at Hickory Hill Orchards, Cheshire, Connecticut. (Bar Lois Weeks photo)

A crew picks Jersey Macs at Mack"s Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

A crew picks Jersey Macs at Mack”s Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

A crew picks Jersey Macs at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

A block of Galas is bursting with color at Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis, New Hampshire. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

A block of Galas is bursting with color at Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis, New Hampshire. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

The trees are full of apples at Lanni Orchards in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

The trees are full of apples at Lanni Orchards in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

The trees are full of apples at Lanni Orchards in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

Apples are ripening at Dame Farm and Orchards, Johnston, Rhode Island. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Apples are ripening at Dame Farm and Orchards, Johnston, Rhode Island. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

An Akane apple tree at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

An Akane apple tree at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

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