We may be hanging onto summer, but the best time of year in the Hudson Valley is just around the corner.  Fall and Apple picking season are almost here and this years' crop is going to be a bumper.

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Many of our local farms took a big hit from the frost last year, but the weather has been kind and fruit crops of all kinds have been very good this year. It was an excellent year for peaches, especially the donut peaches and we are headed toward an above average fall crop of apples.

Agri-tourism has become big business here in the Hudson Valley. Every weekend in the fall thousands of people come to our local orchards for pick your own fun. The Times Herald Record quotes Dan Donahue from Cornell Cooperative Extension about how this could be one of the best apple crops in years.

“The potential is certainly there for a record crop,″ said Donahue. “The weather’s been just about what you want so far this year.”

Let's enjoy what's left of summer, but we all look forward to those cooler nights and beautiful fall days here in the Hudson Valley. There are few things tastier better than a crisp apple picked right off the tree.