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Time is ripe for picking apples

IPSWICH — Thousands of Bay State residents bit into Ginger Golds, Honeycrisps, McIntoshes, and Galas over the weekend, visiting area orchards to pick their share of a bumper crop of apples created by this year’s favorable growing conditions.

Last year, many apple trees blossomed early during a freak March heat wave, then froze when temperatures dropped, making for a difficult growing season. But this year has turned out to be almost ideal, local growers said, only complicated by dry conditions that could be overcome by irrigation.

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