September heat affecting fruit, apple picking

Franklin County

It’s been a hot start to September in western Massachusetts. Temperatures were in the 90’s for the second day in the row.

But the heat hasn’t stopped Franklin County farms from starting their fall activities, like Pick Your Own Apples.

“We love to pick the apples, I have two children at home we go apple picking,” said Greenfield resident Shelly Thurston. “And we love the peaches here. We love fruit.”

Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield opened their Pick Your Own Apples Labor Day weekend.

They said they typically see fewer people picking apples when it’s hot outside, but the heat won’t affect the quality of the apples. 

“The heat puts a damper on the pick your own, normally on Labor Day we are a little busier,” said owner of Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Ben Clark. “But I understand everybody is just trying to beat the heat the best they can.”

Clark told 22News the hot temperatures have helped improve their peach crop, which suffered from all the rain this summer. 

He also said many of their apple varieties, including the Paula Red and Ginger Gold, are a little sweeter because of the heat.

Clarkdale Fruit Farms will have Pick Your Own Apples open through Columbus Day weekend.

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