David Vertacnik enjoys an apple as he rests while picking.
Dave Vertacnik unloads a bag of freshly picked apples from his orchard east of Lawrence.
Red Delicious apples
David Vertacnik moves about his orchard with the help of an old, mechanical apple picker. He and his wife, Wendy, pick apples from the top of the trees so that visitors can make selections from lower branches.
David Vertacnik snacks on an apple at his orchard, 1403 E. 1850 Road.
David Vertacnik uses a mechanical lift to pick Red Delicious apples from the tops of his trees, leaving the bottom branches heavy with fruit for visitors to pluck. Apple season is in full swing at Vertacnik Orchard, 1403 East 1850 Road.