This year’s apple crop is proving to be quite fruitful, that’s according to Rick Reisinger, owner of Reisinger Apple Country in Watkins Glen.
“We’ve gotten really good size out of all the rainfall,” Reisinger said. “I think the flavor’s much better than most years. It just seems to be a good combination.”
And customers are coming in droves.
“It’s opening day of Honeycrisp,” Reisinger said. “And that’s the most fun day in the whole farm because everybody loves Honeycrisps so they come out for them.”
Even on a Tuesday.
“They take off work, you know they call in sick, I won’t name names but yeah it’s a big day,” Reisinger said. “It’s really juicy, it’s sweet but a little tart and it also keeps all winter long, so we have a huge following on it.”
Another big seller? Apple cider donuts; Reisinger said they usually make over 5,000 cider donuts each weekend. That may be because people usually come with the whole family.
“Our main thing is to be here for the families, there’s usually three generations that come in,” Reisinger said. “They’re passing that generation or that tradition along to the next one so that’s what is the neatest thing about what we do what we do.”
With the season is just getting started, Reisinger said there is one thing he’s looking forward to:
“When the trees are bare, then I know that we did a good job and everybody had a good time,” he said. “Then we can start to think about relaxing, that’s what I like to see.”
Reisingers is open from 9-6 every day including holidays, but if you want some of those Honeycrisps, you better go soon; Reisinger said they’ll likely be gone after this weekend.