ALTAMONT, N.Y. -- Crispy, sweet, and juicy. The Macintosh apples grown at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont are ripe for the picking.
"We got a good apple crop," said owner Peter Ten Eyck.
And over 40 different kinds. Ten Eyck expects his orchards to be filled with pickers this weekend.
"Making up from last year when we unfortunately lost our crop to a spring freeze. Over 90 percent of our crop," he said.
Ten Eyck says while the leaves may still be green, the morning low temperatures the last couple days have many looking forward to the fall.
"People like to come out and they like to get that crisp fall air and watch the color on the mountains and they like to pick apples," he said.
And of course, dig into apple cider donuts.
"Well I don't wanna brag," joked Ten Eyck.
His kitchen manager Donna Merrill said, "They're just the best. I mean, most of the time, people are getting them nice and hot right off the press."
Followed by a glass of homemade apple cider.
"We're very conscious to make a very nice blend," said cider maker Matthew Pelletier. "I always try to use multiple types of apples."
Ten Eyck says the abrupt drop in temperatures may have startled some folks, but, "If there's every a more typical fall, this is it," he said. "Everything just about the right temperature, coming out the right time."