FITCHBURG (WKOW)-- This incoming heat wave is expected to give apple growers the perfect finish to their crops.
After a tough growing season in 2012 where some growers lost upwards of 80-90% of their crops, growers are happy to have a year like this one. They're seeing an above average crop in several apple varieties.
Epplegaarden in Fitchburg grows nearly 60 varieties of apples on an 18-acre orchard. Almost all of these varieties are growing nicely during one of the best apple seasons in recent memory.
Growers say heavy rainfall in June created the perfect conditions for apple blossoms to grow and prosper. Last year, a majority of the blossoms were killed during an early freeze and a late season drought.
"You've got to have hard years, which is what last year was. That really makes you appreciate the good years like this year. So, you give and take and try to get it all back this year," Eplgaarden Farm Manager Rami Aburomia says.
Last season some growers ran out of several varieties like the popular Honeycrisp and Macintosh apples. this season both varities are doing well and should do even better thanks to this recent heat wave.
The apple season really doesn't kick off until Labor Day weekend. That's when several apple orchards start their "pick it yourself" season. Growers say consumers should expect to see bigger apples this year and more variety to choose from.
Estimated Arrival Time for Popular Varieties:
Zestar and Paulared- August 13th
McIntosh, Gingergold and Akane- August 27th
Gala- August 31st
Honeycrisp- Sept. 2nd
Cortland- Sept. 13th
Empire- Sept. 14th
Macoun, Haralson, and Fuji- Sept. 17th
Jonathan- Sept. 20th
Delicious- Sept. 27th
Melrose and Jonagold- Oct. 3rd
*Estimates according to Eplegaarden "Da Apple Orchard vit da Norvegian Exposure."
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