Northlanders Prepare for a Juicy Apple Season

By KBJR News 1

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM CDT

Bayfield, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The rainfall over the past few months has been great for the trees, making this year's apple crop a great bunch.

Although the late and cold spring has affected the apple season, this year's apple crop is looking much better than last.

Jim Hauser, Owner of Hauser's Superior View Farm says that small fruits, such as strawberries and blueberries are coming in a bit later than normal, but that in time they will catch up.

Sometimes it makes it a little bit easier because we're kind of past the
danger of frost, early frost, so sometimes it's a little bit easier compared to last year when everything was early. I guess I was more nervous last year," says Hauser.

When trees bloom early, as they did last year and then get hit by frost, the blooms die rapidly, and bear little or no fruit.

"This year was a little bit more dependable. Even though it was a little bit later. Normally for apple trees, they bloom right around memorial day or the end of May. This year it was like they started around June 6th," says Hauser.

He also says the apples still have a long time to grow and that the moisture has helped in the process.

The cold spring has pushed this year's apple crop back about a week, but experts say that this will not effect this year's Apple Fest.

"There will be plenty of apples even though we will just get started picking probably then. It'll be fine," says Hauser.

The best time to pick apples tends to be in the month of September, although the busiest time for the apple farm is right around now.

"Once it starts getting warm in the cities, 4th of July weekend, then we start getting busy, and I expect that we will be continuing with our normal summer high adventure," says Renata Hauser, Hauser's Chief Wine Maker.

It's still too early to tell if the apples will be smaller than normal, but Hauser believes that the crop of apples will be a juicy bunch.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com