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Apples plentiful this season in Wisconsin

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WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -

It's fall and that means pumpkins, corn mazes and of course apples.

Last year's apple crop was a disaster.

"Last year most orchards froze out," said Mark Cournoyer, owner of The Cournoyer Apple Orchard in Marshfield.

The story for this year's crop is far different and what a difference 12 months can make.

One grower reports his trees are so full of apples that branches are breaking.

"This season is tremendous, everybody who has an apple tree has just a plethora of apples," said Cournoyer. "We are actually out of apples," Cournoyer added.

Now Cournoyer says he's turning to other local apple orchards to supply him with apples for his customers.

One of those orchards is Berryland Farm in Auburndale.

Owner Richard Merkel says his orchard has 500 apple trees offering 14 different kinds of apples.

"Lots of people come because they've been here before, they like to pick apples, and they like to be able to taste them before they pick em," Said Merkel.

Merkel adds that he has more apples than he knows what to do with.

"Everything on our orchard is a dollar per pound and you can pick as many as you can carry," added Merkel.

Apple growers say there's about 30 days left in the season to get out and pick apples.

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