are in season, and according to growers this year's crop is top-notch.
were brought to North America by European colonists. With more than 7,500
varieties, they are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits.
Marker grows apples on more than 250 acres in Frederick County near Winchester.
"This year's apples are very good," he said. "They have a good flavor, good
size and a good color."
Douglas, who also grows apples in Frederick, was pleased as well. "The apples
are clean; they don't have a lot of blemishes. It's an excellent season," he
exceptionally rainy growing season was great for apples, Douglas added.
apples are used in a variety of products. "Our apples are used in processing,
which includes sauce, slices, pies and juice. But we also have a market on the
farm" that's open to the public, Marker said. Marker Miller Orchards also
allows customers to pick their own apples. "We grow 15 acres for
pick-your-own," Marker said.
are also a low-calorie, healthy snack option. They are full of fiber and
vitamin C and can help regulate blood sugar, reduce the chance of developing
diabetes and reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.
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