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A few hours of picking at Richardson's Orchard, located between Lawrence and Tonganoxie, yielded buckets of Gala apples earlier in August.

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Food: Apple crops arrive early, but drought makes for dicey harvest

With many buyers just beginning to realize it’s apple time, Ernie Richardson’s Gala crop has already come and gone. Following the lead of early summer stone fruits and most other produce this year, northeast Kansas apples are arriving one to four weeks early. The size and quality of early crops also varies.


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