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Fruitful Farming

Peters Orchards at Waverly is harvesting and marketing another bumper crop of Missouri apples.

Jerilyn Johnson, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

September 9, 2010

1 Min Read

It’s prime time for apple picking at Peters Orchards and other orchards across Missouri in September. "It’s our busiest time of the year," says Paul Peters, one of the family partners in Peters Orchards Inc., Waverly. This family business, which has grown into Missouri’s largest apple orchard, was started in 1908 by Paul’s great-grandfather, Herman J. Peters.

In our Missouri Ruralist Web Exclusive video, Paul Peters explains why Lafayette County is one of Missouri’s best fruit-producing regions. The Missouri River bluffs in the Waverly area, in particular, boast ideal topography, soil and climate for growing a wide variety of flavorful apples.

The Peters family joins other orchard owners in celebrating their annual harvest at the Waverly Apple Jubilee. This year’s event is Sept. 16-18. They also invite Missourians to attend the Lexington Apple Arts and Antique Festival during the first week of October in the historic Missouri River town of Lexington.


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