The United States Department of Agriculture predicts the apple crop across the country will be nearly 20 million bushels above average.
New York is the second largest apple-producing state behind Washington. This year's New York harvest should be more than double the nearly 16 million bushels the state produced last season.
"The New York apple crop statewide this year is just completely opposite of last year. We had a great bloom, great return bud, very good pollination weather and then the growing conditions since that point forward have been excellent, just excellent," said Jim Allen, New York Apple Association.
Last spring's deep freeze stunted New York's crop, particularly in growing regions along Lake Ontario.
At Orbaker Farm in Williamson, Wayne County, the 2012 harvest was about 50 percent less than average. Gary Orbaker expects a yield anywhere from 90 to 100 percent this fall.
"We're on the road to recovery, but it's not something that's going to be one year, it's going to be several years to get caught up on this. That's just the nature of the business that we're in," Orbaker said.
Fruit farmers like Orbaker were able to do okay last year. That's because the smaller yield forced the price of fruit to increase.
"This year, we got a big volume crop, prices probably won't be quite as strong but you'll make up some of that with the volume," said Allen.
Last year's freeze meant there wasn't a lot of work for those who harvest the crops. Now that volume has rebounded, there's a concern over a shortage of workers.
Orbaker says workers didn't want to come to New York last year because they knew there wasn't an abundant crop. Many of of them have returned, but it appears there may not be enough as they are also needed in other states.
"Pennsylvania has apples, Michigan has apples, Massachusetts and all other surrounding states all up the east coast, Virginia and the Carolinas. They'll pick maybe a few apples there but they want to come to New York State, they'll work their way up but they could stay in Pennsylvania and not come to New York also. There's plenty of opportunity for them to go, last year they didn't have that opportunity," Orbaker said.
Despite that concern, apple growers say this year's crop will not only be bountiful, but the fruit will be large, sweet and juicy.