Western Massachusetts apples not affected by recent cold weather

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SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Cold weather typically means bad news for western Massachusetts crops, but its not the case for local apples.

The owner of Bashista Orchard in Southampton said this year was pretty normal in terms of apple-picking timing, regardless of the very hot and wet summer we saw. 

The orchard experienced more rot and mold problems because of the rain, but the recent cold weather is actually good for the apples. 

“Cold weather wouldn’t really affect them other than giving them the color we’ve been waiting for,” Tom Bashista said. “So you get some nice cool nights and warm days that introduced the nice deep reds that everyone wants to see.”

All the apples are already off the trees now, but the perfect ones are left for sale inside the Bashista Orchard store. The next apple-picking season is expected to start by the end of July. 

Apples will be available to buy all the way through the winter.

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