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Apple growers work to save crop before storms

Posted at: 10/07/2013 1:40 PM
Updated at: 10/07/2013 6:31 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

Workers at Saratoga Apple collect apples before Monday's storms.
Workers at Saratoga Apple collect apples before Monday's storms.
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Area apple growers were keeping a wary eye to the sky Monday afternoon, hoping strong winds wouldn't blow precious fruit off trees.

At Saratoga Apple, a team of migrant workers was rushing to pick the honey crisp apples that were ripe and most likely to be knocked from the trees by heavy winds.

"They're fully ripe and with the storm advertised coming through, we'd like to get 'em picked because they're at risk of being blown onto the ground because they're loose on the tree, fully mature and so we're trying to get our most high value crop in the bin and in the cooler," said Nate Darrow, the owner of Saratoga Apple.

Darrow calls this year's apple crop "amazing". When they finished picking honey crisp, they planned to move on to the Macintosh trees because Darrow says that variety tends to be susceptible to strong winds.