A Bad Year For Apples

Posted by Sharkey

Every time I listen to the radio, it seems like another farm crop is in peril.  This year, if it's not about the horrible drought, then it's all about how March was so hot, followed by a cold snap.  Anyway, this blog is about the trouble with apples in many parts of the country.

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Francesca, do you see the size of these apples?  Something isn't quite right.

1 Francesca, do you see the size of these apples? Something isn't quite right.

Yes, I see what you're talking about, Sharkey.  In my estimation, these apples are quite tiny - not at all the size they should be.

2 Yes, I see what you're talking about, Sharkey. In my estimation, these apples are quite tiny - not at all the size they should be.

Franny, I heard on the radio this morning that the apple industry in many parts of the country is having major problems with its crop.  It all started with a mild fall, followed by a mild winter with lots of rain and little snow.

3 Franny, I heard on the radio this morning that the apple industry in many parts of the country is having major problems with its crop. It all started with a mild fall, followed by a mild winter with lots of rain and little snow.

Then, in March, temperatures rose into the 80s and apple trees blossomed and formed little apples.  Then, in April, temperatures plummeted below freezing and all that fruit was ruined.

4 Then, in March, temperatures rose into the 80s and apple trees blossomed and formed little apples. Then, in April, temperatures plummeted below freezing and all that fruit was ruined.

Maybe that's why the apples seem so small this year at the farm.  Perhaps they got off to a late start and couldn't grow to full size.

5 Maybe that's why the apples seem so small this year at the farm. Perhaps they got off to a late start and couldn't grow to full size.

We're lucky that many of our trees still managed to support an apple crop, but you're right, Sharkey.  The apples are quite small.

6 We're lucky that many of our trees still managed to support an apple crop, but you're right, Sharkey. The apples are quite small.

Sharkey, when you stop and think about it, the weather plays such an important roll in our food supply.

7 Sharkey, when you stop and think about it, the weather plays such an important roll in our food supply.

I suppose from what you've told me, many apple farmers would love this crop, despite the size of the fruit.

8 I suppose from what you've told me, many apple farmers would love this crop, despite the size of the fruit.

I don't know, Franny.  How many of these apples do you think you would need to bake a pie?

9 I don't know, Franny. How many of these apples do you think you would need to bake a pie?

I don't know, Sharkey.  Let's just hope that things improve for next year's apple harvest for all the apple growers who are really suffering.

10 I don't know, Sharkey. Let's just hope that things improve for next year's apple harvest for all the apple growers who are really suffering.

Comments (11)

  • Good morning ladies,
    Wow, those apples do look small. Most of the time we hear on the news about oranges. Now apples. Well, one thing, Martha wouldn't need a lot of those apples to make you girls an apple pie. They look just the right size for you. Now GK would probably need a lot more apples for his pie. hehehehehehehe
    Well Glue Squad, drizzle this morning. I can't win.
    I guess I will go back to bed and see what things look like when I wake up. I'll check back on everyone.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    You are so good at keeping us informed on your farm. I heard on the news last night apples are going up $1 at least a pound, so no matter if they are small, at least you got some. They have big crops of apples in Colorado on the Western Slope. Apple Cider Days were everywhere last weekend. I love the Honey Crisps. You will have fun making cider with Mama Martha. Franny, in the last photo you look like you are loosing your t-shirt. Silly girl--but it is fun to see you in your Fall apparel. Keep warm today, and I must hear from Cora Belle. I just know she must be busy with her friend visiting. Take care all, and Abby, read my post for yesterday on a brilliant idea of mine.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Sharkey you look so commanding in that first photo! You two are too cute :-) RADIO? gosh the only time I hear a radio is in the car and then it's mostly music.
    yes indeed, the weather causes all affects of nature, this being the cycle of life, we can't do with one and not the other. Our apples here are also small but more flavorful.
    I don't get it, our corn crop is not for human consumption but they are making silage for the cows and other farm animals, so why are they saying there is not enough animal feed when most IS for the animals?
    When the weather warms up it melts the Ice warming up the ocean that governs out weather pattern. No I'm not an environmentalist, I'm just Respectful and Thankful for Gods creations.
    Lynn what does your house smell like when baking the WPC's? I just discovered Kitty loves the inside of doughnuts..she also likes my yogurt, but I'm careful what kind of human food I give her.
    Cora Belle hope all is better, don't wait to go to the Vet!
    Maddox get back up, pretty soon it will be for the daylight savings time-change. :-(

    till later,
    delia & Kitty =^, ,^=

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad,

    Great job keeping us informed on your findings; small apples this year, Mom hasn't bought any apples yet, she likes the macouns but they are usually available after the first frost which we haven't had yet. It was good to see the update on the donks yesterday, glad they are doing okay. Your entrance under the fence is priceless. :)

    Rebel, hope you are feeling a little better. Cora-Belle, sorry to hear about your mishap, you take it easy and rest. Have your new neighbors moved in yet? Maddox, best estimate of my birthday from my first visit to the vets back in March is October so Mom picked the 12th. Dad says it's only an estimate since my real d.o.b. wasn't on any of the paperwork from the rescue. Sooo, Friday will be "my day".:) Zoe, is Supernanny coming? Abby & JD, Kirby Bear, Dudley Do Right, hope all of you are okay?

    Lynn, a visit for the fall foliage would be great. Leaves are still turning but falling as well; especially with all the rain we have had recently, making it necessary to clean them up that much more often. Additional cleanup every time Mom & Dad go outside, I just sit and watch, hehehe.

    Well, think I will go back to nap still a drizzly morning
    ahead.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Good morning ladies,
    The apples are small. Mimi hasn't been to the orchard down the road yet. I did hear that they brought some apples in from elsewhere to stock the shelves & to make their apple donuts.
    Gee, Lynn, Apple Cider festivals sound like a lot of fun! Does G.K. like to eat the apples off the tree? I knew a lab that did. Taffy would just walk up to the miniature apple tree and pluck one off & chomp it down. I bet those apples kept her regular, so to say.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Sharkey and Franny, these photos and information about this years smaller apples is fascinating! We don't grow any apples in our yard, but Eastern Washington has the best big apples this year! They are even having trouble getting enough people to pick all of them! We can get some at Fred Meyer and they look and taste great! Our weather was kind of the opposite of yours so that probably is why we have great apples! Hope yours are all OK and improve next year! Kirby, you were so funny yesterday! Hey Kitty, what are you doing outside every night?! I never would go out all night! Please be careful! Sonya, how was your Columbus Day weekend? Gail, so glad you were so happy seeing the 3 donkeys! Lynn, thanks for the ideas on how to eat green tomato pickles and how to get tomatoes red by Thanksgiving! Mom likes to fry green tomatoes! You are always so kind to all of us! Pam, so glad to hear from you! Cora-Belle, so sorry you stumbled and went down hard on your bad shoulder-sure hope you feel better after you rest! God bless you and Lucinda and James!!! Will check back later to hear from the rest of you buddies! Hope you all have a safe, great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Cora Belle dear,
    Somehow I missed your post yesterday. Just saw about your injury and will be thinking of you lots while I am baking the Warrior Prince Biscuits. Hugs to you, Lucinda and James. I see a double order of Maple Bars in your future.
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Hi everybody..we have some good size apples on our trees here in s.w. Washington..they are yummy...I am limping but no worse for wear..James came home with a dog electric heating pad for me to sleep on, of course I refuse to lay on it..it takes this old girl time to check things out..all my glue squad buddies take care and be careful with your bodies, I was much too rough and tumble in my younger years and am paying dearly in my old age ...bu you know what, I would not have done anything differently!!over and out, love, Cora-Belle

  • Aw, what a shame about the apples.

    Does the size affect the taste?

    Will Martha still be able to use them in some way?

    Maybe mini apple tart-lets! hee hee

    Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with!

    gail

  • Good Evening F & S

    They are some small apples you have growing there at the farm. I'm sure nothing goes to waste with all the chickens and donk's I'm sure they love the apples even if you can't use them. Mom went to the local farm market this weekend and found some nice size apples she wants to bake an apple cake.

    Cora Belle you better take at easy - lay on the heating pad sounds nice and comfy to me.

    I really want to start an email list so here is my email address: abrennan@coretitle.com - there - now the entire world can email me and we can start an F & S Glue Squad email address.

    Please email me because I'll be lonely next week Super Nanny is moving :(

    Zoe

  • Oh my, those apples look pretty tiny. It's funny, but the next door neighbor's pear tree hardly had any pears on it this year, so I think our crop situation was as bleak as everyone else's. I hope next year is better for everyone's growy thingies!
    Well, if you don't hear from me for the next couple of days it is because I will be on an adventure. FirstMama is going to a thing called a trade show in Chicago to show off her wonderful Nose Butter that she makes for dog noses, to help keep them soft and pretty. I am going with Mom to help run the booth and to be her nose model, because I have used Nose Butter for a very long time and my nose is very nice and moist. This might not be a problem for some of my Glue Squad friends, but for us short nosed breeds like Frenchies, our noses can get quite dry and sometimes kinda crusty. My sisty Millie has a real problem with her nose-- we can always tell when Mom forgets to put Nose Butter on it for a few days!! Anyway, I am looking forward to showing everyone what a wonderful thing my FirstMama's Nose Butter is. And I get to meet lots of people. And I get to see FirstMama, so there are a lot of good things about to happen for me!

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