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Wayne County Celebrates Apple Harvest

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Rochester: Wayne County Celebrates Apple Harvest
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The number one apple producing county in the state sliced up thousands of apples this weekend for the 16th Annual Apple Tasting Tour in Wayne County.

Rebecca Fillers and her friends spent their Sunday along Route 104 in Wayne County stopping at every apple farm on the Apple Tasting Tour.

"I saw the brochures and wanted to go last year and never made it out here," said Fillers from Fairport. "We like fall and then we like apples and wine."

"I like trying a lot of different apples that I normally wouldn't buy," said Gail Spindler from Fairport. "I used to like Macintosh the best but I work in a school and one of my students brought in a big bag of honey crisp and I think that might be my new favorite."

Wayne County is the number one apple producing county in New York State harvesting two-thirds of the states 30 million bushels of apples each year. At Lagoner Farm Market on Lake Road they plant and harvest some 200 acres.

"Probably the primary reason is Lake Ontario," said Mark Lagoner, farmer. "We have the moderation of the temperatures in the spring and the fall and secondarily we get the right amount of rainfall and then the soil, so a combination are right here on this strip of land on the south shores of Lake Ontario."

At Young Sommer Winery on Jersey Road in Williamson they are 'pouring' apples.

"Everybody thinks wine and they think grapes, but here in this area we should do some wonderful things with apples and wine," said Herman Young, farmer and winemaker. "We started off with three or four different apple wines. We have a golden delicious, senshu and the cider is Stone Will Cider named after my grandfather Wilson Stone and that is predominately a golden delicious apple."

DeFisher Fruit Farm's Apple County Spirits in Williamson is now bottling apple vodka.

So no matter how you slice it, bake it, or pour it, the toughest part of the apple tour is deciding on a favorite.

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