Created: 09/15/2013 6:40 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion
Last year was considered one of the worst years for fruit farmers in our area. Farmers say the unseasonably warm temperatures in March, followed by a frost, cost the farming industry millions of dollars.
But this year it's a completely different crop. The apples are ripe and ready and business is blooming for local farmers.
News10NBC visited a local farm Sunday to find out why apple growers are smiling this year.
News10NBC spoke with the owner of Schutt Apple Mill last year and they were almost at a complete loss. They only picked about two-percent of their crop.
But this year he's saying this may be the largest apple crop he's ever had.
Schutt Apple Mill is seeing acres upon acres of blossoming apple trees. Some are just simply overwhelmed. Their branches are just leaning towards the ground in some cases. The owner explained that whenever there is a bad year for the crops, the next year comes in full force.
That's exactly what's happening across our area. Hundreds of families have visited Schutt Apple Mill so far this season.
If you visit any farm in the area you are sure to find plenty of apples, cider and peaches.
Farmers are hoping last year's season is a thing of the past.
“When you're dealing with the weather, I think that's a great way to put it. You keep your fingers crossed, because you really can't do much about it. We're just hoping that it was one in a hundred years, last year. Next year I think there will be a lighter crop because we are so heavy this year but we'll still have some crop,” said Martin Scutt, Schutt Apple Mill owner.
Right now there are a few varieties of apples for sale and new varieties are coming out every day. News10NBC was told by the end of next week there will be around eight or nine varieties, so there seems to be no shortage in sight.