This week at Johnson Farms, my brothers Dean Johnson and Ward Johnson are in the midst of apple season, which began around the end of September and will likely go into the first part of November. Over the years, it has not been unusual to be picking apples in the snow.
Like other farmers on the Old Mission Peninsula, they received notice from one of their longtime processors that they wouldn’t be able to take all their apples. At this writing, however, I believe they’ve found homes for all their apples through other buyers, and they’re shipping out a few semi-loads per day.
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UPDATE 10/26/23: They will be leaving some apples on the trees, due to imports and an overabundance of apples still in storage from last year. It’s cherry season all over again.
Here are a few photos of the crews in action…
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