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Dana News

Apple farmer of the year announced

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Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming | 2021 apple crop | 2021 Apple Festival | Richard Staton | Mindy Staton

Henderson County News

Nice weather, 75th anniversary can’t mask challenges for festival

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With good weather in the forecast and a 75th birthday to celebrate, the North Carolina Apple Festival would ordinarily be riding high when the event opens on Friday morning.   Read Story »

Tags: 2021 apple crop | 2021 Apple Festival | Covid-19 masks

Henderson County News

Submerged crops can't be used for food, ag commissioner warns

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Farmers whose crops were flooded by Tropical Storm Fred face not only the prospect of lower yields and loss of quality, but also the reality that those crops cannot be used for human food, the N.C. Agriculture commissioner warned.   Read Story »

Tags: 2021 apple crop | Tropical Storm Fred

Henderson County News

N.C. activates hotline for reporting farm damage

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will activate its hotline beginning Saturday to connect farmers with resources that can assist with damage and other agricultural emergencies related to the storm.   Read Story »

Tags: 2021 apple crop | Tropical Storm Fred | tropical s

Henderson County Business

Fred's rain ruins hundreds of acres of crops, further damages apples

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MILLS RIVER — Bradley Johnston, Dave Shaffer, Jason Davis and Kirby Johnson sat around a picnic table outside Johnston’s barn, under the gaze of a few of Johnston’s Jersey cows, and talked about the growing season — in the past tense.   Read Story »

Tags: tropical storms | 2021 apple crop | Tropical Storm Fred

Henderson County News

Apple Festival is back to celebrate 75th anniversary

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After a year off during pandemic restrictions, the North Carolina Apple Festival returns to Main Street this year in time to celebrate its 75th anniversary.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | 2021 apple crop | 2021 Apple Festival

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Although crop is short, 'we will have apples'

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As roadside stands and U-pick orchards open for the season, apple growers are lamenting a crop decimated by two April frosts.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | Skytop Orchard | Jerred Nix | 2021 apple crop | Stepp Hillcrest Orchard | apple crop | frost | freeze

Henderson County News

Claudette packs 1-2 inches of rain; NWS issues flood warning

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the area for a 24-hour period starting at 8 o'clock Saturday night as tropical storm Claudette churned northeast from Alabama.   Read Story »

Tags: hurricanes | tropical storms | 2021 apple crop

Henderson County News

Will there be a 2021 Apple Festival?

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Tags: Festivals | NC Apple Festival | Apple Festival | Covid-19 arts cancellations | 2021 apple crop | 2021 Apple Festival

Edneyville Business

Growers brace for loss as second night of freeze looms

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Apple growers across Henderson County are bracing for bad news this Easter weekend as a cold snap threatens this year's crop.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | winter 2020-2021 | 2021 apple crop

Edneyville Business

BRAG honors farmer, lifetime achievement, friends of growers

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A longtime apple grower, an innovator in agritourism and two professionals who serve the apple industry were honored last week by the Blue Ridge Apple Growers (BRAG) during the annual Winter Apple School held virtually.   Read Story »

Tags: Stepp farm | 2019 apple crop | 2020 apple crop | 2021 apple crop | Stepp Hillcrest Orchard