Apple picking season earlier this year
According to the New York State Apple Association, this year's weather affected apples all across the country. Here in New York, we had a warm March and cold end of April.
YNN's Beth Croughan spoke with two farmers to find out how their crop faired.
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REXFORD, N.Y. -- Labor Day weekend is a symbolic end to summer and the start of apple-picking season.
"The normal official start of Macintosh season," said Kevin Bowman, the owner of Bowman Orchards.
But this year, things started a little early.
"For us, it is about two weeks early," he said.
That's why the NYS Apple Association is encouraging folks to visit orchards sooner. Bowman says he normally offers the pick-your-own option through the end of October.
"This year, we don't know. You know, there's not a lot of you-pick apples around, so we're going to be busier than normal," he said.
Busier because about half of the state's apple crop was lost after a spring frost. Bowman's trees survived the weather, but fellow farmer Peter Ten Eyck said his didn't.
"We're holding three small you-picks. One was this weekend, which they've already picked out," said Peter Ten Eyck, the Owner of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont.
In past years, it's offered there every day.
"So in a year like this, that's not a good place to be the biggest thing you do," he said.
Ten Eyck estimates it will take years to recover but hopes his farm's store will help them ride out this storm.
"People come out and support us, maybe buy a hot cider donut instead of an apple or something like that. Then that will give us the ability to make it less impact that we can and then we'll be back another year hopefully giving people what they want," Ten Eyck said.
The New York State Apple Association suggests calling your favorite orchard ahead of time to find out what's available.