Share this article

print logo

Picking on apple picking? Farmers don't mind 'SNL' sketch

"Saturday Night Live" threw shade at the great upstate New York fall tradition of apple picking in its most recent broadcast, and farmers are taking the jabs in stride.

Actors Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon played sisters who run Chickham's Apple Farm, a place where, "for just $45, you can bring home $10 worth of apples."

They touted varieties such as Huge Soft, Tiny Hard, Green, Orange and Apple, most of which are laying on the ground.

"They get the deers drunk," McKinnon said.

One visitor said of his first apple-picking experience: "I had fun, I think."

Woody Harrelson played their farmhand, Hank, "who came with the land."

A voiceover at the end said, "Maybe just go to the store."

The New York Apple Association planned to send the show a box of apples and invited its staff to go apple picking, the USA Today Network's Albany bureau reported.

The skit played off stereotypes of farmers, but city folks are ripe for parody, too, said Melinda Vizcarra, who owns Becker Farms in Gasport with her husband, Oscar.

She said the sketch was funny and, if nothing else, she hopes it helps people recognize the hard work that goes into farming.

"To even have the apple industry recognized as a thing by 'Saturday Night Live' has got to be good, right?" she said. "How many millions of people see that?"

There are no comments - be the first to comment