MEQUON (WITI) — Last Fall, we saw a serious shortage in terms of the apple crop, due to mild temperatures last Spring, and a severe drought last summer. Demand was much higher than supply last Fall, and consumers were paying 30-cents more per pound for apples. The drought even led to a shortage of Honeycrisp apples, and Honeycrisps were $2.29 per pound at Patterson Orchards in New Berlin.
The good news: The apple crop is much improved as we head into this Fall.
As folks strolled through the Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon on Sunday, September 8th, many were happy to see a stark contrast in the apple crop as compared with last year.
“Nothing was out here, so it’s nice to come and see the apples growing again,” John Vanbeckum said.
Vanbeckum and others were happy to be able to pick their own apples this year. In 2012, they couldn’t.