Apple season is underway at Kercher Sunrise Orchards

GOSHEN, Ind. – Now that it’s October, the Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards are getting more visitors every day.

Many people took advantage of the beautiful weather last weekend by visiting some of the many local places for fall activities. If you haven’t been able to make the trip yet, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time. We are currently in the middle of apple season and many more varieties are ripening later in the month.

At Kercher Sunrise Orchards in Goshen, a variety of apples are ripe for the picking, and this year’s harvest has been amazing. “The apple season has been really good this year,” commented Mollie Kieffer, co-owner of the 5th generation of Kerchers. “We actually have our best crop of 2011, our last best crop so far.”

Pumpkins are also doing very well this year, and many are available for picking in the Kercher Pumpkin Patch. Visitors can take wagon rides to the patch over the weekend.

If you don’t want to pick your own apples, pumpkins and squash, they are also available for purchase among many other local treats in the orchard market.

Kerchers is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sundays when they open at noon.

Visitors to the orchard early in the week can expect plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s. If you’re hoping to make the trip late in the week or over the weekend, pack a jacket or a coat – high temperatures are expected to drop into the 50s by Friday.

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