It’s apple season in the north country

wwny It’s apple season in the north country

TOWN OF DENMARK, N.Y. (WWNY) - It’s peak season for apple picking. The apples are not only good to eat, they are good for you.

It's apple season and most of the apples at Denmark Gardens Apple Orchard are ripe and ready for picking.

"I have six different varies that are available right now," said Patsy Makuch, orchard owner.

Catherine Moore from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County says apples are a healthy snack. They are about 70 calories and count toward the 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"They are incredibly nutritious. There is not one nutrient that is really huge but when you combine all the phytochemicals and the antioxidant power and the fiber in there, they really have the equivalent antioxidant power of about 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C," said Moore.

Moore says that fiber in apples helps to regulate the digestive tract and the antioxidants are important to have in the human body.

"These kinds of very natural chemicals that refine in these foods, these components actually protect out bodies from head to toe," she said.

Buying apples locally is also good for north country Farmers. Moore says for every dollar spent in the the local agricultural economy, it circulates 7 times.

"Farmers need that extra income; they need to diversify out of the square box of the dairy farm if they want to survive," said Makuch.

And as far as fall treats like apple cider, Moore says most of the benefits of apples are still there but sweets should be balanced with other food choices.

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