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PHOTOS: Sisters enjoy decades of apple picking at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook

  • McIntosh apples rest beneath a tree at Gould Hill Farm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Visitors to the orchard are able to pick their own apples through October.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    McIntosh apples rest beneath a tree at Gould Hill Farm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Visitors to the orchard are able to pick their own apples through October.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Sisters Grace Barnard (left) of Concord and Brenda Howe of Bassett, Virginia pick McIntosh apples at Gould Hill Farm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Visitors to the orchard are able to pick their own apples through October.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Sisters Grace Barnard (left) of Concord and Brenda Howe of Bassett, Virginia pick McIntosh apples at Gould Hill Farm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Visitors to the orchard are able to pick their own apples through October.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • McIntosh apples rest beneath a tree at Gould Hill Farm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Visitors to the orchard are able to pick their own apples through October.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Sisters Grace Barnard (left) of Concord and Brenda Howe of Bassett, Virginia pick McIntosh apples at Gould Hill Farm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Visitors to the orchard are able to pick their own apples through October.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

For over 60 years, sisters Grace Barnard of Concord and Brenda Howe of Bassett, Virginia, say they have visited Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook to pick apples. “This is my favorite stomping ground every fall. Practically every year since we were able to walk,” Howe said. The farm has been in operation since the 1700s, and owner Tim Bassett says the apple picking will be good through the middle of October for late season cultivars like Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, and Baldwin apples. On Monday afternoon, Barnard and Howe first filled a bag of Macouns before moving on to the McIntoshes. “It seems like something’s missing if I don’t have my Macs,” Howe said. LEDE: Grace Barnard (left) and Brenda Howe fill bags of McIntosh apples. SECONDARY: McIntosh apples rest beneath a tree at Gould Hill Farm.

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