Apple-picking season is upon us, but some orchard crops have turned into bad apples

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The first day of fall means “apple picking season” is in full swing.

Some state orchards are golden, but for others it’s a bushel of bad news.

According to Robertson Orchards of Door County in Sturgeon Bay, harvest usually begins after the first week of September, but this year it all started to ripen in late August.

“Our harvest is pretty much business as usual, up and down the peninsula. So far it’s pretty standard, we still have the same clientele, we still have the same people who love to come here, ”said Skipp Robertson, owner of Robertson Orchards.

Being by the lake helped protect Robertson’s 13 crops from frost and hail.

Other orchards, however, were not so lucky.

“Our apple harvest is about a third of what it usually is, due to the freezing conditions and very low temperatures that occurred in May while the apple trees were budding,” said Lisa Koepp, Everflow Farm and Orchard.

The Everflow farm and orchard in Bonduel received more than 250 bushels from Robertson Orchards.

“People always go out, they’re a little disappointed that we didn’t choose yours this year, we chose not to choose yours and go the pre-selected route. So if you go out we still have apples, they’re already picked, bagged in our coolers in the apple store, ”Koepp said.

Robertson Orchards also supplies apples to other orchards in the state, one in Berlin and one in Niagara.

The apple-picking season typically lasts until the end of October for northeastern Wisconsin, which means there’s still time to enjoy a fall tradition.

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