2020 CROP REPORT
To Our Favorite Apple Pickers,
The 2020 crop report is bleak, because our apple crop is extremely small this year. This prevents us from being open to the public because apple pickers come from all corners of the state. It would not be fair to those who drive long distances to pick apples to find only trees, but no apples. For this reason, we do not plan to be open for picking the 2020 season.
Here are a few facts that will help to answer the question: WHY?
- Limited rain in the spring.
- Mason County is part of the drought area–no rain in June, July, or August.
- Several months of 100° hot weather.
- The size of the apple is small.
- Sugar content of apples is low due to the high temperature.
- Bees have not been out and about plying their trade.
Our newest project has been working on a large garden to offer a pick-your-own vegetable garden at the same time the apple orchard is open. We have been watering 800 feet of garden along with the trees. Both garden and mature trees appear to be healthy, but both have had small production. Due to the drought we have lost many of the young apple trees but have not become discouraged.
We have been on top of the weed control and both orchard and garden are weed free and they look clean and orderly.
We are still enjoying being in Mason and look forward to a good crop in 2021 and getting back to picking apples and having some good family fun.