(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

That slight chill in the air means apple-picking season is peaking across the region. At most local orchards, late summer apples like Red and Golden Delicious, Fuji and Gala are plentiful, with varieties like Granny Smith, York and Stayman ripening in the weeks ahead.

Don’t wait too long, because pumpkin season is just around the corner. Check out our list of five popular picking spots and then start planning the apple pies, crisps and upside-down cakes.

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