Outdoors with Big Daddy: Apple crop bountiful

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  • Beckwith Orchards
  • KENT -- Local orchards brimming with fruit points to the best harvest in years.

    For the folks at Beckwith Orchards, the 2013 season has been great. 

    Pears, peaches and apples have filled their trees, almost to the point of breaking. 

    It's a stark contrast to last year's dismal harvest. 

    Sally Beckwith, the fifth generation of her family to run the farm, says, "We had a very heavy bloom and very heavy apple set on the trees, which required us to do some additional summer pruning to keep the branches from snapping off from all the weight of the fruit." 

    Beckwith's grows 25 varieties of apples, from McIntosh to Elstar, even Ohio's "state apple," the Melrose. 

    By far, the consumer favorite is Honeycrisp. Sally gets calls daily about their progress. 

    "The Honeycrisp apples are not quite ready yet. We should start to harvest in about a week to ten days." 

    The orchard is picking McIntosh apples now and has a few varieties for sale in their market. 

    For more information about the 125-year-old farm, what varieties they have, and when they'll be available, visit their website

    Beckwith's is open now through Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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