Josiah provided this field report from his visit to these orchards in early September. The growing geographies in New York State and Pennsylvania are reporting lush fruit sets (on the trees), vigorous growth and excellent size, and early indications are also quite good for color and sugar...some of these growers are calling it a "vintage season." Of course this is bittersweet for certain other growers in some areas, summer storms brought some pretty serious hail through the orchards back in July and August and a fair number of growers are reporting some fairly serious damage as they get closer to harvest. This is, naturally, never good for anybody. But for those who managed to get through those hail-storms with little or no impact, it's going to be a pretty solid season...we expect to see some of the classic, heirloom varietals ('york imperial', 'northern spy', 'empire' etc.)...and there should be plenty of 'honeycrisp' to go around!