Butler’s Apple Orchard Opens After Landowner Dispute Delay
"We don't anticipate any other issues with the apples," says Susan Butler, of Butler’s Orchard.
Delayed by a landowner dispute, apple-picking season has officially begun at Butler’s Orchard.
Butler's opened its apple orchard Saturday for pick-your-own gala apples, Susan Butler confirmed. The family farm announced the news to its 462 Twitter followers during the weekend.
Apple season was supposed to begin Aug. 21 but was suspended due to a dispute between the family farm's operators and the person who actually owns the land, Patch has reported.
The Butler family would not comment on the nature of the dispute.
Susan Butler said the current lease needed to be "renegotiated." Her brother, the late Todd Butler, had owned apple orchard's four acres of land. He passed away in 2010.
“Everything's all been settled,” Susan Butler said. “Sometimes it takes a little negotiation to get things squared away. We don't anticipate any other issues with the apples. There should be plenty of apples to pick.”
Apples should be available for five days. Susan Butler said there may be a gap before the next variety, Jonathans, ripens.