After weeks of uncertainty, apples have finally grown. The unseasonable weather this past spring damaged some crops. Mother Nature gave farmers and early look at their orchards. Our Iris St. Meran gets their assessment of this season's apples.
NEW YORK STATE -- The waiting game for apple farmers is finally over. They're getting a first look at their apple crops after a warm winter, then a cold snap in spring.
Abbott Farms owner Warren Abbott said, "Cortlands, which we're standing in right now, are one that was affected to a greater degree. The apples you see were blossoms that were not out during the frost. They came out later and that's a neat little quirk that Cortland does. Otherwise there would be nothing on these trees at all."
How much is on the tree depends on the variety. There are fewer Cortlands, but plenty of Galas. Another factor is location.
In the North Country, Banker Orchards in Plattsburgh has already picked five varieties. Most are smaller in size, but the quantity is equal to or even greater than normal years.
Meanwhile, Bakers Acres in Groton has a limited supply of some varieties and they're smaller in shape.
Abbott cut one open to show another sign of frost damage: Little to no seeds inside. All agree you cannot taste the difference.
"The only damage that you should see is some misshapen, but it has nothing to do with the way it tastes. It's just cosmetic," said Abbott.
Abbott encourages anyone who plans to pick their own to inspect the fruit first before taking it off the branch and throwing to the ground so there's enough to go around.
"The consumers that want to come, the pickers that want to come after you,” Abbott said, “They may not have an apple if you pick it and throw it to the ground. That's something to be mindful of."
Another thing to mindful of is price. Your favorite variety will cost a little more. Abbott says even though the yield is less than normal, they're expenses to plant was the same. They're eating some of the cost, but hope everyone gets to taste their favorite fruit while it's season.
If you like a certain variety of apple, Abbott suggests calling your local grower to see when they'll be available.