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Apple Harvest
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.74

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    itinerant, year-around, pruned, enlarge, repaired, sawed, fade, equipment, pollinate, record, develop, early, produce, section, jobs, quality
     content words:    Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Granny Smiths


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Apple Harvest
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     At the grocery story, you can buy fresh Red Delicious, Gala, or Fuji apples to eat. You can buy Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples to make a pie from scratch. You can buy a gallon of cider made from Winesap apples. You just pick out what you want and pay at the cash register.
 
2     If you had your own apple orchard, apples would be a busy, year-around job. Apple growers schedule tasks all year long in order to have a good harvest in the fall and to get the apples to your grocery store while they are still fresh. When you work in an apple orchard, you keep busy.
 
3     Early in the spring, you will be out in the orchard fertilizing the trees and planting new trees. Maybe you are just replacing a few old trees that no longer produce many apples, or maybe you are adding rows of trees to enlarge your orchard or to try a new variety of apples.
 
4     Soon the trees begin to show their pink and white blooms. Don't spend too much time admiring the flowers! You need to rent some bee hives to pollinate all of your trees.
 
5     You don't want your trees to grow lots of tiny apples. You want to grow nice big ones, so after the blooms fade you start checking your trees to see if the buds need to be thinned. Maybe you will thin them by hand, or maybe you will use chemicals to do the job.

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