Fall foliage making late appearance in western Massachusetts

Franklin County

Western Massachusetts businesses look forward to Columbus Day weekend as the beginning of the busy fall season.

Even though we’re off to a late start in terms of foliage in western Massachusetts, business is still booming with tourists in Franklin County.

Franklin County has become one of the top destinations for fall foliage in New England. Though there may be some red and orange in the leaves along the Mohawk Trail, the foliage season is happening later than usual.

“It’s a little early for the foliage, next week is probably going to be much better,” one resident told 22News.

A late spring pushed everything behind, and we could be about a week or two later than normal as a result.

Despite the late foliage and Monday’s rainy weather, businesses like Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne have had a lot of tourists come in during the holiday weekend.

Over the course of the weekend, Hager’s Farm said they have had people come in from all over New England, the country and the world.

“We do get some people from Asian countries because our environment is very different, we have different trees, orchards and other things they don’t have,” said Amber Browning of Hager’s Farm Market. “A lot of people have been sight seeing and asking about other local places to eat and stay over the weekend, so yeah super busy.”

“I’m originally from California where really we don’t have seasons, we have when it rains and when it doesn’t rain and you can call those seasons, but there isn’t anything like fall in New England which is really incredible,” said Jonathan Vogel-Borne, who now lives in Cambridge.

The best conditions for bright fall foliage are cool nights, warm days and plenty of sunshine.

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