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Edneyville Four Seasons Politics

Stepp orchard shows Meadows 'agritainment' and sustainable family farming

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EDNEYVILLE — At Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchards, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows stood in the retail shed to learn about one of Henderson County’s first and most successful U-pick apple farms.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | Stepp farm | 2019 apple crop

Henderson County Life

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week's Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | 2019 Flat Rock election | pubcycle

Henderson County News

From slabside to King Luscious, heirloom apples have a story to tell

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As thousands of local folks and tourists celebrate apples in Hendersonville this weekend, they’ll be adding to a North Carolina heritage that goes back generations.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming | 2019 apple crop | heirloom apples

Henderson County News

What's the new brand for Henderson County farm tourism?

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Tags: apple farming | vineyards | Crest of the Blue Ridge | American Viticultural Area

Edneyville Business

Edneyville sewer line 'could change that community forever'

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EDNEYVILLE — Henderson County commissioners are confronting a decision in Edneyville that they say could lead to a building boom and pressure to bulldoze apple orchards for new houses and apartments. Before they make such a momentous move, they want to hear from Edneyville residents.   Read Story »

Tags: road construction | utilities | apple farming | roads | Henderson County Board of Commissioners

Henderson County News

Freeze threatens peaches, early apples, berries

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Tags: apple farming | 2016 apple crop | 2017 apple crop | berry farming

Henderson County News

Apple growers honor Don Justus

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Tags: apple farming | 2016 apple crop | 2017 apple crop | Don Justus | U-pick orchards

Henderson County News

Stepp's, Sky Top nominated as best orchards in U.S.

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Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard in Edneyville and Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock have been nominated as the best apple orchards in America in  USA Today’s 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming

Henderson County News

Apple Ambassador has missed lots of festivals

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A committee interviewing candidates for the North Carolina Apple Ambassador title stumped Kayce Lancaster when it asked, “What’s your favorite part of the Apple Festival?”   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Edneyville News

Apple harvest adjusts to changing demand

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EDNEYVILLE — Climb 18-foot ladder. Pick 50 pounds of apples. Climb down ladder. Dump apples in bin. Move ladder. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | Tree to Table 2014 apple series | Jerred Nix | Jeff Nix | 2014 apple crop

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Elected leaders ignore farmers' biggest concern

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By most accounts, Henderson County's 2014 apple crop is high in quality and lower in quantity.     Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | editorials | Tree to Table 2014 apple series

Henderson County News

Apple Festival names UCB Farmers of the Year

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The North Carolina Apple Festival named the 2014 Apple Farmers of the Year today as the four-day festival opened under sunny skies on Hendersonville's Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County Business

Apple Festival guide covers 2014 season

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  This week's Hendersonville Lightning salutes Henderson County's apple farming tradition with an in-depth look at the 2014 apple season. We cover what goes into apple farming from early season pruning to picking and the market.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | apple farming | Agribusiness Henderson County | Tree to Table 2014 apple series

Edneyville Business

Apple harvest under way across county

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DANA — Henderson County apple growers have began harvesting early apples amid guarded optimism that the 2014 crop will bring favorable market prices.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Business

TREE TO TABLE: Apple crop looks good so far

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EDNEYVILLE — A Wednesday in late April was what you might call a typical day of farming. Instead of working in the apple orchard, Jerred Nix and his father, Jeff, had driven back and forth to Greenville, S.C., to pick up a rebuilt alternator for their New Holland tractor.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | Tree to Table 2014 apple series | Jerred Nix | Jeff Nix

Edneyville Business

Apple growers elect 2014 president

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Jerred Nix was re-elected president of the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association during the organization's Winter Apple School on Feb. 5.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming

Henderson County Business

Labor exodus could cost $100 million

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Panelists at a forum on immigration reform said the nation's immigration policy is irrevocably broken and needs to be fixed for economic and moral reasons.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming | green industries | Bert Lemkes | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County News

After rainy Monday, it'll feel like fall

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A cold front is expected to bring 1-2 inches of rain to the mountains on Monday and after that it will feel like fall with highs in the 60s and lows in the mid 40s.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | apple farming | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

Legislature overrides veto of farm labor bill

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The N.C. Legislature has overridden Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that Henderson County farmers would help ensure an adequate supply of labor to pick this season's bumper crop of apples.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming

Henderson County News

McCrory defends immigration bill veto

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On a visit to Hendersonville Monday to ride in the parade that honors the apple, Gov. Pat McCrory defended his veto of a bill that apple growers say they need to ensure an adequate supply of harvest labor.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming | Gov. Pat McCrory

Henderson County Life

Apple Festival draws a crowd

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Though Labor Day weekend was at the mercy of Mother Nature, the 67th annual Apple Festival proved to be resilient enough to outlast showers.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Apple agent honored as grand marshal

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Marvin A. Owings Jr. has devoted his career to promoting the apple industry, honoring farmers for the job they do. This weekend the apple industry is honoring him.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Ambassador proud of her apple heritage

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As Labor Day approached, Madison Vaughn looked forward to her role as the 2013 Apple Ambassador of the 67th North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Crop looks good

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A year ago, apple growers limped into Labor Day weekend with a very short crop after suffering the second spring freeze in five years. The April freeze followed by summer hailstorms wiped out about 60 percent of the county's signature farm commodity.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

Growers begin 2013 apple harvest

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DANA — Doug Marshall used a tractor and a lift to load boxes of apples on to a truck, grinding deep into the soft brown mud and enduring one more rainy day in a summer of record rain.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County Business

Farmers may seek disaster aid for flood damage

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The deluge of rain this summer has caused widespread damage to Henderson County crops, delayed construction work and put campgrounds underwater.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming | Marvin Owings | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County Business

Citizen-Times: Hard cider venture may boost apple market

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The forecast is getting brighter for Henderson County apple farmers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Freeze warning reaches edge of county

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Apple, peach, grape and berry growers will be watching the thermometer tonight. Forecasters predicted lows in the mid 30s in Henderson County but a freeze warning issued by the National Weather Service extended to the county's western and northern boundary.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | farming | apple farming

Henderson County News

Farm labor solution has 'genesis' in Henderson County, Meadows says

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MILLS RIVER — A carpet of red, yellow, purple, blue, pink and green spread in every direction as far as Mark Meadows could see. A cold rain pelted the roof but in a few weeks' time, the plants and flowers under 37 acres of greenhouse roof  will be in big stores and smaller nurseries up to 350 miles from their Mills River birthplace.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | green industries | Van Wingerden Greenhouses | Bert Lemkes

Edneyville Business

Ronald Lamb, a well-known apple grower, dies

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Ronald Ray Lamb, a well-known apple grower and businessman, died Monday after a long battle with kidney cancer. He was 77.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County Business

Orchards, wineries talk agritourism

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Local apple growers and winery owners will be among the featured speakers at a conference on agritourism at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards on Thursday, March 28.   Read Story »

Tags: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Alan Ward | apple farming | Henderson County wine industry | Burntshirt Vineyards | Jim Clarke | Stepp farm

Henderson County News

Cold snap should help, not harm, apple crop

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Lows in the 20s through Friday will probably help — and not hurt — the 2013 apple crop, growers say.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Blue Ridge Apple Growers recognize farmers, friends

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The Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association honored its Grower of the Year during its annual meeting and apple school Feb. 6.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Apple growers explore orchard innovations

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DANA — Terence Robinson knows apples. More important, he knows apple farmers.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Agriculture Extension Service | apple farming | Marvin Owings

Henderson County Business

Apple farmers hear wind machine benefits against spring freeze

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DANA — Farmers know that when the cold sets in, the worst companion is a calm still night.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming

Henderson County News

Farmers appeal to Hagan for help on labor issue

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Awaiting U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's arrival in Hendersonville last week, Mark Williams, the county's Agribusiness Development director, received an email that perfectly supported the message he and other farming advocates wanted Hagan to hear.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming

Edneyville Life

'I don't know how to retire,' says grower of the year

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Under clear blue skies the 66th annual North Carolina Apple Festival opened with a welcome from officials and festival officials and the announcement of the fourth annual Apple Farmer of the Year, third generation grower Eugene Charles "Bud" Dalton of Edneyville.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming | Eugene Charles "Bud" Dalton

Henderson County Life

A few miles from Main Street, pick an apple from a tree

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Apple Festival visitors can always find plenty of fresh apples up and down Main Street. But for see where they grow and pick them by hand, visitors might want to hop in the car and head to a U-pick orchard.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming | Skytop Orchard | Justus Orchard

Henderson County News

Isaac's westward shift could spare NC mountains

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The path of Tropical Storm Isaac, which lashed the Florida Keys on Sunday and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it lumbered up the Gulf of Mexico, has shifted to the west, a hopeful sign for Henderson County's apple crop and the festival that honors it.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming