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Growers showcase Idaho apples in local grocery stores

Yes, Idaho is famous for potatoes, but apples also stand out in Gem State agriculture. (CBS 2 file photo)

As harvest winds down this fall, growers in Idaho are engaged in showcasing apples in local grocery stores.

And it's not just showcasing apples, a lot of hard work and pride are also on display.

"It just gives you a feeling of accomplishment," said Kelly Henggeler with Henggeler Packing Company. "We can spend all the time trying to grow products and grow good apples. But unless somebody buys them, that's the vote of confidence that people give us. It's exciting to grow something that's good for people. And apples are good for people."

Many varieties of apples are grown in our state: Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith, to name a few.

Yes, Idaho is famous for potatoes, but apples also stand out in Gem State agriculture.

"Some people don't realize apples are some of the main tree fruits grown in Idaho," said Sally Symms with Symms Fruit Ranch. "And their flavor is sweet and rivals Washington's."

Idaho has a great climate for growing apples: sunny days, cool nights and volcanic soil rich in minerals as well as abundant water.

If you're looking for a juicy apple, they don't come any better than locally grown.

"I think it's important to buy local. Then you're supporting local families here in the Valley," said Symms. "Not only the growers, but the people who work to support the businesses."

Idaho farmers produce about two million bushels of apples each year, which are sold all over the country and all over the world.

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