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Vermont apple season looking good

According to a recently published State of Vermont news release, this year's state apple crop is expected to be plentiful this growing season. There is no other way to enjoy the beauty of autumn by visiting this gorgeous state than by taking the family apple picking. Throughout the entire state of Vermont, there are around 40 apple producers. These producers sell their crops to customers and apple lovers all over the United States. Apple season alone brings in Vermont around $12 million for the state economy and around $7 million for apple products, such as cider, jams, and, of course, pies.

Steve Justis, marketing specialist with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, said, "The over 40 orchards in Vermont produce over 100 different varieties of apples. The first apples of the season are Paula Red followed by McIntosh, Cortland and Macoun, to name a few. The season traditionally continues through the end of October."

In fact, Paula Red apples went on sale back in the beginning of August. However, the real apple season is just kicking off.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture said that the 2007 apple harvest is supposed to be slightly down this year due to scattered spring frosts and crop fluctuations throughout orchards in the state. Additionally, growers throughout the New England region saw similar effects due to hail damage during the growing season. But don't expect any of this to slow down Vermont's apple season.

"The apple harvest might be down slightly, but there are still plenty of delicious apples to pick in Vermont," commented Roger Allbee, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. "Overall the conditions were favorable for apples and even fruit with a little damage from hail is still juicy and flavorful."

To help create awareness and celebrate the apple crop in the state of Vermont, apple orchards across the state are teaming up with Small Dog Electronics to kick off their "Apples to iPods" promotion. This will allow orchard visitors and apple pickers to enter for a chance to win an iPod. This promotion started on Sept. 17 and will go until Oct. 8. To win, you must find a wooden apple hidden with the state's orchards. If you find the wooden apple, you will win an iPod or other great gadgets. Not only can you enjoy delicious Vermont apples, but you can get a chance to win an Apple iPod of your own. More information about pick-your-own orchards in Vermont and the amazing promotion, visit www.vermontagriculture.com.

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