Sometime in the next few weeks, a local grower will harvest the first apples of the season before they are ripe and bring them to farmers market.
These apples will be spongy and piney and sour. Because I have the self control of small kid in a big candy store, I will buy some anyway. I can't not.
We'd all be better off if we waited a week or two for riper fruit. Last year all the Lodi apples were picked and sold before they reached peak.
But the farmer picks because we buy, and we buy because the fruit has been picked.