GALA OF APPLES: At the Nicoletti Orchard Daniel, Toni and Sean Nicoletti
GALA OF APPLES: At the Nicoletti Orchard Daniel, Toni and Sean Nicoletti Liana Walker

Apple season begins

BRIGHT red royal gala apples hang from the orchard trees.

They're ripened to crisp perfection and ready to be picked - a clear indicator that apple season has officially begun.

The Nicoletti Orchard is filled with what appears to be never ending rows of brightly coloured apples, a positive sign for the farmers Daniel and Toni Nicoletti.

"The gala crop looks good,” Daniel explained.

"There's plenty of apples on trees.”

The pair are counting their blessings as the weather has been in their favour.

"We've been lucky the hail's managed to keep away from us so far,” Toni said.

"It would be nice to get some rain, it has been a bit warm,” Daniel added.

The royal galas mark the beginning of the apple season, however Daniel was weary of getting too excited for the other varieties.

"We can't count our chickens before they hatch,” he said.

"If the weather gets worse or hotter it might actually ruin the next variety.”

"We need to wait a little bit longer and see how the weather treats us,” Toni added.

Beyond the regular farming duties, the Nicolettis have been busy spending time in fruit shops, organised by marketing agent Divine Fruits.

"A fruit shop that sells our apples was really happy for us to go into one of their stores and talk to the customers,” Toni said.

She said it was good to talk to the customers and the fruit shop was very supportive.

"Most people knew of Stanthorpe, they'd been there or knew someone there - they were excited about new season apples,” Daniel added.

"They tried the apples, they liked them and they were happy.

"It's always good when they can eat a nice crunchy apple.”

They both agreed it was an overall good experience with the customers.

"A lot of customers were coming in to buy the apples that day because they knew they were the new season ones,” Toni said.

"That was really positive.”

Royal galas will start appearing in stores soon.

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