-Media Day at Apple Valley Orchard Offers Up Close Look at State of State’s Apples-
NASHVILLE - Apple Valley Orchard near Cleveland will host a Pick Tennessee Products media day on Tuesday, September 24 to celebrate the year’s apple crop. Media will have the opportunity to interview apple growers and area officials, get footage and photographs of visitors, take a tour of the farm, and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.
Despite a series of challenges, the state’s apple orchards are on target to produce an average sized crop. Tennessee’s apple crop is usually between 7.5 and 9 million pounds.
“We’ve had a reprieve,” says Dr. Dave Lockwood, professor of plant sciences at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. “High night time temperatures and rain produce adverse effects in an apple’s sugars and color, but now that night time temperatures have dropped and the weather’s been dry, the crop is just getting better every day.”