Apple season on Johnson Farms - loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
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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…

Apple season on Johnson Farms - Picking apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Picking apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - Picking apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Picking apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - Dean Johnson checks over the apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Dean Johnson checks over the apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple Season on Johnson Farms - Honeycrisp apples | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple Season on Johnson Farms – Honeycrisp apples | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - Bubble Wrap helps to cushion the apples in the boxes | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Bubble Wrap helps to cushion the apples in the boxes | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple Season on Johnson Farms - Honeycrisp apples | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple Season on Johnson Farms – Honeycrisp apples | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - Loading apples on the truck in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Loading apples on the truck in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - Dean Johnson checks over the apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Dean Johnson checks over the apples in the orchard | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – loading apples on the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - Truck driver secures boxes at the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Truck driver secures boxes at the cooling pad | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple Season on Johnson Farms - Ward Johnson, right; Dean Johnson, middle; Taylor Vanderbush, left | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple Season on Johnson Farms – Ward Johnson, right; Dean Johnson, middle; Taylor Vanderbush, left | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms - Honeycrisp apples for sale at the Johnson Farms roadside stand | Jane Boursaw Photo
Apple season on Johnson Farms – Honeycrisp apples for sale at the Johnson Farms roadside stand | Jane Boursaw Photo

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