Shared bounty: Surprisingly, no shortage of help for apple harvest

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

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Fortunately, local apple producers harvesting the area’s first “really good” apple crop in at least two years – such as the Honeycrisp apples shown above that Elk Rapids fruit grower Travis Bratschi finished harvesting earlier this week – have also had enough seasonal help to pick that crop, which has been very good news in an industry that has struggled for the last several years. 

ELK RAPIDS – Last spring, the situation looked grim for many of Antrim County’s fruit producers. In early August, with an apple crop – which must be completely handpicked – of more than 20.3 million bushels predicted statewide, many growers were especially fearful of their ability to find enough workers to harvest what looked like the first really good apple crop in more than two years.

But that fear hasn’t come true.

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