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Chilly Weather Good News for Apple Orchards

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Apple orchards in Albemarle County are celebrating the chilly weather. The drop in degrees triggers a final ripening for prime picking.

Pippin and Pink Lady apples will harvest in bulk at Carter's Mountain Orchard beginning this week.

"Sweeter apples ripen earlier in the season - they don't need the cold. Later apples need cool weather to get the sugars just right and give them the flavor that people are waiting for," said Cynthia Chiles, a family owner of the orchard.

Last year heavy rains and high winds from the derecho interrupted the season, but this year growers say continued cool weather will allow crops to ripen through thanksgiving.

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