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      Heat and drought hasn't affected apple harvest

      This year's harvest is one of the best crops orchards have seen in many years.

      It's that time of year for the apple harvest to begin.

      And for one orchard near Quincy, they say this year's harvest is one of the best crops they've seen in many years.

      Jim Zellerman is one of the co-owners of Edgewood Orchard.

      His family has been in the apple business since 1930.

      He said this is one of the best year's he seen when it comes to the apple harvest.

      "The wet weather in the spring helped us a whole lot and it's carried us through," Zellerman said.

      It carried the apple crop through the lack of rain and drought like conditions the area faced back in July and August. Zellerman also said he would have preferred some cooler weather. But the soon to be picked apples will be a delight for those who stop by and pick up a bag or two.

      "We've certainly would have liked to have had more moisture and cooler weather, but it hasn't affected us significantly and we have a great crop," Zellerman said.

      The orchard will harvest more than 11,000 bushels of apples this year and produce more than 12,000 gallons of cider. There are at least 12 varieties of apples people can choose from and Zellerman said they'll stay open for as long as they have apples and cider to sell.

      The orchard is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.