This fall provided some perfect weather for apple picking. Many Western New Yorkers are posting pictures of apple picking on Facebook and other social media. It could be a record year for the number of people enjoying the fall apple harvest.
The harvesting of apples in "apple country," in Niagara and Orleans counties began in September and will continue into November. Apples are also available in the Southern Tier.
Some ripen early and others require more time on the trees. A report in this week's Business First shows how it's an abundant crop this year. That is good news for growers. Weather made 2012 a terrible year for WNY apple farmers. Much of the crop was destroyed by unpredictable spring weather, with early budding followed by an unexpected freeze that killed the buds.
Local apples were in short supply and the limited supply resulted in higher prices. This year, the apple crop is strong.
In other news, mobile credit card readers are the newest trend in mobile banking, making it easy for retailers and other businesses to swipe credit cards for payment anytime, anywhere. Most of WNY's 10 largest banks offer at least a basic mobile product. You can read about the different options in this week's Business First.