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Clara Richardson waits for the next apple-seeking customer at the Lawrence Farmers Market on a busy Saturday.

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Food: Apple crops arrive early, but drought makes for dicey harvest

With many buyers just beginning to realize it’s apple time, Ernie Richardson’s Gala crop has already come and gone. Following the lead of early summer stone fruits and most other produce this year, northeast Kansas apples are arriving one to four weeks early. The size and quality of early crops also varies.


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