Local farmers say we’re in the midst of a bumper crop of apples around New England.
A perfect combination of weather and natural tree cycles are the primary reasons.
At Smolak Farms in North Andover, the strong start to the fall season is much needed.
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Last year, Michael Smolak says he lost more than $100,000 in the wake of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. His farm wasn’t directly impacted, but people stayed away during the recovery.
"We met with them about a month and a half ago, and to their credit, their loss adjuster says 'we're going to make you whole' and I hope they live up to their word because that would make a big difference," Smolak said of his recent interactions with Columbia Gas.
Smolak Farms expects "u-pick" apples to be available through much of this month, depending on demand.