Every season is different in the apple
orchard. In spring, the trees burst into bloom.
Bees are essential to pollinate the trees. Many apple
growers rent bees to do the job.
In summer, the battle is on to compete with the
insects that would like to eat up the crop. Spraying can
control the pests. But many apple growers use Integrated
Pest Management to control pests naturally. In addition, the
fields must be mowed.
Fall is the most busy time when apples ripen and are
ready to harvest. In Massachusetts, finding people to do the
work is a problem, and often the apple pickers come from far-off
places. New, young trees are planted and staked to stand up
In the winter, a few apples cling to the
trees, red against the snow. Orchard workers tromp through
the snow to prune the trees, and then try to take a well-earned