Warm weather in late winter and early spring had growers preparing for a nice crop. Earlier than normal harvest dates were predicted, as many as 24 days ahead. After surviving multiple weather events, frost in late April struck a devastating blow to apples along with many other commodities in Michigan. Growers and shippers estimated that approximately ten percent of the fruit had survived the freeze. Fortunately, BelleHarvest believes their availability will be higher than that, but by how much is unknown. Geography, planning, and preparations beforehand helped growers to protect more fruit than in some other areas of the state. As a state, the end result is the largest apple crop loss since the 1940’s.
Though the availability is greatly reduced, BelleHarvest continues to be committed to supplying our consumers and customer base to the best of our ability. The warm temperatures are helping fruit to size up nicely and eating quality should be excellent. We are hopeful yet confident that the 2013 crop will bounce back with vigor and full of life.