MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a couple of tough years it looks like orchards are finally getting a break!

Farmers are predicting a bumper crop this year. In fact, some apples have already arrived early.

They said mild summer temps have made for near-perfect growing conditions.

The Minnesota Apple Growers Association said apples like McIntosh and Sweet Sixteen are ready for picking now. Others, like the popular Honeycrisp, will be ready next week.

Find an orchard near you by visiting Minnesota Apple online.

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