Friday, June 17, 2011

Stone Fruit Crop Lost!

This is the way the cherry trees should look now. They should be covered with bunches of luscious cherries. Instead, the trees are healthy & covered with leaves, but no fruit. The story is the same for apricots, peaches, nectarines, & plums. We had a frost in March & another in April, followed by a week of cold, dry wind. All the fruit had just set, so it was too tender to survive. Luckily, the apples & pears came through just fine. They set fruit just a few days later.
During u-pick season, I am so busy helping pickers on Saturday & Sunday. We open at 8 AM, but most pickers arrive after 10. This is great because the pilots are putting their planes away when the pickers start coming. But with no fruit, my Saturdays & Sundays are too quiet. I miss all the pickers.