Harvest Time in Apple Valley
Just east of Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a fertile valley that is the fourth largest apple growing district in the United States. Over thirty varieties are grow here, and for a month at the end of summer, growers are busy gathering the bounty from their orchards. Because of a certified micro-climate area known as the Isothermal Belt, winters are shorter, and late season hard freezes are rare here.
Everywhere, large apple crates are filled to overflowing with every color apple you can imagine.
Trees are still heavy with juicy fruit waiting for their chance to head for market…
These apples have a little more ripening to do before their time comes..
Goldenrod and Red Bush tell you that autumn is not far away.
Behind Grandad’s Apple House, weekend visitors marvel at the view across orchards and corn fields. Hendersonville hosts its annual Apple Festival every Labor Day weekend, and thousands turn out to sample the sweet fruit.
Of course, I had to bring some of these delectable fruits home to enjoy, along with a large jug of homemade Apple Cider.
The sweet smell alone was worth the visit.