Local apple orchards prepare for fall picking season

KAAL-TV
Updated: September 09, 2020 09:03 AM
Created: September 09, 2020 06:34 AM

(ABC 6 News) - It's that time of year again where the leaves change colors, the weather gets colder, and many traditions start back up. Sekapp Orchard in Rochester has been open for about a month and many of the apples are ready to be picked. 

Sekapp opened in 1962 and has created memories for many people in the fall each year. It offers many different things from pumpkin and apple picking to corn, honey, salsa and much more. This year it is still open during the pandemic, just with some small changes. The store requires masks to be worn by both workers and customers. There are signs throughout the entrance to make sure customers are monitoring any COVID-19 symptoms. The hayride is not available this year, but visitors can still grab a wagon to go out into the orchard with.

Fred Kappauf who owns Sekapp says the more we get into the fall the more apples there are to pick. "Right now the pick your own customers are able to pick Zesters, Paula Reds, the macintosh, the plums, and pears are pretty much already done. There is some crabapples out there, the sweet sixteens, and honey crisp are right around the corner. "

Many local orchards like Sekapp are still able to operate right now since a lot of the activity is outside. Sekapp asks visitors to stay with their family and friends and social distance from any of the groups nearby. The orchard and pumpkin field allows for plenty of distancing between people. If you are interested in finding an orchard near you to pick apples at or visit click here.
 


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