If you've never tried locally grown fruit before, the apples and grapes being harvested now throughout much of Missouri are a great place to start. And if you're already devoted to picking your own or shopping at the farmers' market, you can expect some especially tasty options thanks to our warm, dry weather this summer.
Check out this article from Georgina Gusting of the St. Louis Post Dispatch highlighting some of the options for residents of the eastern side of the state. And to find a farmers' market or farm near you, click over to AgriMissouri.com.
Heat sweet for fruit growers in St. Louis region
The peaches came early, then the apples, and now the grapes.
The hot, dry summer has decimated corn crops, threatened soybeans and put a good dent in vegetable production, but it has provided an early start for the region's fruit producers — and a good one.
"We want to be respectful of our neighbors growing corn and soybeans because this has been an awful year for them," said Charles Dressel, president of Mount Pleasant Winery in Branson, Mo. "But for anyone growing apples or peaches, or any type of vine fruit, the quality is just outstanding."
Check out the full article online at http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/heat-sweet-for-fruit-growers-in-st-louis-region/article_a2f28b5b-5a5e-5743-a263-7d59928cdee4.html.