VICTOR — He was raised on a potato farm in central New York, but when people speak of Jim Allen, it’s apples that come to mind.
Allen, 65, is retiring as president and CEO of the New York Apple Association, a group he joined in 1996 and has led since 2000.
“I’m going to miss all of it,” said Allen from the association’s headquarters in Fishers. “I really enjoyed the industry.”
When reporters want to know about the New York apple crop, Allen is the first call. And his efforts to market what he feels are the best-tasting apples in the nation have been acknowledged both here in New York and the nation.
Allen said his last official day is Jan. 2, but within a couple of weeks he’ll begin using up some unused vacation time.
He expects a…