NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) -- A spring freeze significantly impacted a local apple orchard.
Randy Bruick, owner of Advanced Tree Technology, said when temperatures dropped, some of his trees were damaged.
“[On] April 20 it snowed and we had the big freeze,” he said. “It got down to 25 degrees.”
He was hoping the warm weather early in the spring would bring in a good haul.
“We had two warm spells, one about the middle of March, warmed things up, started getting trees starting to show buds,” Bruick said.
He said this year he has about 30% of what he expected to grow in the orchard.
That didn’t deter Hoagland resident Jon Youse.
He said he’s been picking apples for almost 20 years, and he knows exactly what to look for.
“The right size, no blemishes, no marks,” Youse said.
Bruick says he has about 15 different kinds of apples, but the freeze affected what’s been available for people to pick so far this year.
“Early September, we always had you pick Honeycrisp,” he said. “Well this year, we didn’t. We picked them off and we’re just selling them in our store this year because there wasn’t that many of them.”
Bruick also says pumpkin picking starts in a few days.
They weren’t affected by the spring freeze because they were planted in June.
Bruick says there was also a freeze last year that didn’t hit his trees as much as other orchards in the area.
This year, he says his orchard was hit harder.