September 09, 2013
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Juliette Lynch for The Boston Globe
Nathan Fleming and Bib Sinha of Hamilton looked for apples to pick with their daughter, Mira, at Russell Orchard in Ipswich.
Favorable growing conditions have produced a bumper crop of apples this year.
Apple pickers headed into the orchards to pick from a variety of apples on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Families and couples packed hayrides at Russell Orchards.
Lucy Twombly, 10, (left) shared an apple with her friend Jane Reilly, 10.
Josh Moriarty of Newburyport lifted his 2-year-old daughter, Maggie, so she could pick an apple.
The apple-growing season has been almost ideal, only complicated by dry conditions that could be overcome by irrigation.
Apples were ready for picking earlier than normal this year, with some growers reporting fruit above average in size.
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