Ashtabula: Apple farmers see meager crop

11:44 PM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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  • It's been called the perfect storm -- an early spring, combined with a hot dry summer. And it all translates to a devastated apple crop.

    Channel 3's Jennifer Lindgren talked with apple farmers in Ashtabula County where some farmers have less than 5 percent of their usual crop.

    Brant's Apple Orchard, with its acres of red and green fruit and open air market, has charmed families for 23 years.

    Roy Brant says, this is the worst crop he's ever harvested.

    "There's so few apples, finding them is almost like bird watching," the farmer said.

    The weather has devastated crops across Ohio and neighboring states.  Apples are not only scarce, many that do make it off the trees are less than half the size of a fully mature apple.

    Brant says, of his orchard's 21 varieties, 4 will not be harvested, and the rest make up just 5 percent of what they normally haul in. 

    It means Brant's market will only be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from August 31st through Halloween.  The market is normally open from mid-August through Thanksgiving.

    "We've got a lot of support from our customers. We're going to open and they're going to come out and have a good time. We'll have a full bakery, but for the apple crop, it's going to be hard to pick," Brant said.


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