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At the Mercy of Mother Nature

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 7:35 PM

It's a sad fact, but fact none the less, that all farmers crops are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  We are no different.  Last November was one of those unique situations.  You can call it global warming or climate change if you want to, but as farmers we have to take what ever rolls our way. Mother Nature is our boss.  

Most years we have a frost by early October.  That frost tells the trees and vines to start going to sleep for the winter.  They slowly shut down and the sap stops flowing.  Leaves turn colors an everyone starts thinking of pumpkins and turkeys.  In the Fall of 2014 there were no frosts.  So by November our trees were still in full green leaves.  We had to stomp the pumpkin vines to the ground and our winter squash was still waiting for the frost to set it's flavor. Then about the second week of November the weather turned bitterly cold.  Twelve degrees to be exact. All of our trees that still had green leaves and sap flowing through their branches were christalized in place.  Almost all of the fruit buds died.  The cherry trees completely died.

The winter of early 2015 played tricks on the trees as well.  It was unseasonably warm in February, so much so, that our peach, apricot and plum trees blossomed early (in March).  Unfortunatly that caused an early fruit set that did not survive the frosts of April.  Thus no cherries, peaches, apricots or plums for 2015.  Believe it or not, the Italian Prunes survivied and are ripe a month earlier than usual.

That leads us to the fall of 2015.  Our apple crop is seriously deminished.  Many of our trees have no apples at all.  Some breeds of apple trees survived and have fruit.  Due to the early blosoming, the Apples that survived are riping early, too.

We need apples for our Raw Cider so our u-pick season will come with limitations.  We are asking all of our u-pick customers not to drop any apples on the ground.  If you pick apples you do not want, we need you to put them into the cider bins that will be available alongside the rows you will be picking.

As soon as there are three varieties of apples available we will start Pressing our Wonderful Raw Apple Cider.

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