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Ripe for the picking

Adams Acres is the only organic ‘U-pick’ apple orchard in CNY

Bill Adams stands in the apple orchard in his backyard. Adams Acres spans 2.5 acres and offers eight varieties of apples throughout the picking season, which normally lasts until the end of October.

Bill Adams stands in the apple orchard in his backyard. Adams Acres spans 2.5 acres and offers eight varieties of apples throughout the picking season, which normally lasts until the end of October. Allie Wenner

— “That’s clay,” Bill explained. “I spray them with clay every week. It makes the orchard look whitewashed and it creates a sticky barrier for the bugs.”

As of now, Bill and Kathy are hesitant about expanding the orchard to include things like apple cider, or packing apples to send out to local stores.

“We have places like Natur-Tyme asking us for apples, and as much as I hate to say no, we just don’t have the time,” he said. “Packing apples is something we’ll have to think about. I want to keep it as simple as possible. I originally started it as a hobby, it’s something I enjoy doing. I don’t see us getting too big, I think a lot of customers like the fact that we don’t make it too commercial.”

At Adams Acres, the picking season lasts from the weekend after Labor Day until the end of October or the first frost – whichever comes first. This year, they’re excited to offer their first full picking season. During their first year, the trees were still small and didn’t yield many apples. And last year, they were only able to be open for two days because a frost destroyed 90 percent of their crops.

“This year’s been a record apple crop, we’ve been very fortunate,” Bill said. “It’s been a good year for growing apples.”

Adams Acres spans 2.5 acres and offers eight varieties of apples. Depending on the time of year, there are usually two or three available to pick each week. The orchard is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 7047 Sevier Road, Jamesville. For more information, call 498-6654 or visit adamsacres.net.

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