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Penn State Apple Celebration sales benefit student farms

Austin Kirt refills crates full of apples at the Student Farm Club and Penn State Horticulture apple celebration on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Over a dozen different kinds of apples were available.
Austin Kirt refills crates full of apples at the Student Farm Club and Penn State Horticulture apple celebration on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Over a dozen different kinds of apples were available. adrey@centredaily.com

Outside of the Penn State Berkey Creamery on Thursday was a humble little corner where more than a dozen varieties of apples dwelled in harmony before fulfilling their ultimate destiny as pie filling.

Students and other members of the community filled entire grocery bags full of Red Delicious, Granny Smith and an assortment of others during the Penn State Apple Celebration..

We really didn’t know what to expect but we probably sold half the apples already.

Corey Dillon

“We really didn’t know what to expect but we probably sold half the apples already,” Corey Dillon, an agricultural researcher at Penn State, said.

Proceeds went toward the Student Farm and Penn State Horticulture Farm — and business was good.

Austin Kirt, the entomology farm manager, was continually shifting crates of apples to plug any holes in the display.

Now I feel like people are more hyper-sensitive to where it’s from and how it’s produced.

Austin Kirt

He attributed part of the sale’s success to the trend toward local foods. People care about what they eat, which Kirt thinks was not always the case.

“Now I feel like people are more hyper-sensitive to where it’s from and how it’s produced,” Kirt said.

Dave Weaver, a senior studying agriculture science, thinks that kind of familiarity makes a difference to customers.

“It’s fresh (and) all Penn State raised so you know where your food’s coming from,” Weaver said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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