Apple Farm Out of Apples
MEXICO- Binder's Hilltop Apple and Berry Farm closed down Monday, early for the apple season. The farm ran out of apples due to an increase in U-Pick Apple sales. In the past years, the farm stayed open through the end of October.
Sandy Binder, Binder Properties LLC owner, said the farm got more customers this year due to several surronding orchards shutting down. One of those orchards was Huffstutter Orchards.
Binder was not prepared for the excess customers this year. In fact, she had fewer apples ready to sell this year because of growing patterns. The most popular apple at Binders this year was the enterprise. Binder said the enterprise is a mildly tart apple and can last six months without using its flavor.
Binder Properties also runs an alpaca farm. Sandy sells alpaca fiber products including hats, gloves, sweaters, yarns and more. Alpacas are also for sale.
Sandy is a weekly vendor at the Columbia Farmers Market. Although she is out of apples, she will continue to sell her alpaca fiber products there for the rest of this season.