By Cynthia Germain
The season for apples is here and local grower Bill Roethle, owner of Hillside Orchard, has the usual varieties plus a couple new ones to the area. Honey Crisp, Cortland and Macintosh have been coming in the last two weeks and Empire and Haralson apples are now being picked. Red Delicious and Golden Delicious will be making their appearance around the 10th followed by the Jonagolds later in the month. The orchard also boasts some newer varieties, such as the Snow Sweet which will be available in limited quantities. Roethle takes advantage of unique varieties that are introduced to growers by universities around the country.
Hillside Orchard celebrates the harvest with an on-site festival this weekend. The Orchard also looks forward to offering other decorating produce and pumpkins throughout the Fall. One sight to see there for the next few days is a 570 pound giant pumpkin provided by a local grower in Algoma.