HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. — Governor Chris Sununu and Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper helped officially commence apple-picking season in New Hampshire on September 17 when the pair visited Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls for the ceremonial first picking. Upon their visit, the Governor proclaimed September 17 to be New Hampshire Apple Day. At the ceremony Governor Sununu picked a native Hampshire variety apple.
The Hampshire apple is a firm, crisp, and juicy Mac-like apple with a sweet-tart taste that is good for both cooking and eating. The variety came from a 1990 chance seedling that was discovered amongst a row of Macintosh trees at Gould Hill Orchards in Hopkinton, NH.
New Hampshire Fruit Growers Association (NHFGA) president Kitt Plummer said of the event, “We were pleased to have Governor Sununu and Commissioner Jasper come out to perform the first ceremonial apple pick of the 2021 apple season.”
The season has been in full swing for a few weeks and goes into early November. “Don’t worry,” said Plummer. “If you don’t get to pick all the apples you want, they are stored, sold, and packed for sale throughout the year!”
To find an orchard near you check out the NH Fruit Growers Association website at https://www.nhfruitgrowers.
–New Hampshire Fruit Growers Association
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