Apple growers sweating out warm stretch

Posted at 11:25 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 23:25:20-04

On the calendar, summer is officially over. Great news for boaters, not great news for apple growers.

“We're always at the mercy of the weather,” said Robert Hall, he’s a fourth generation apple grower in Lockport. He owns Hall Apple Farm.  

The cool summer we had means apples were slow to sweeten that could change with this warm spell.

“It means the apples are going to mature probably a little bit quicker,” said Hall.

Meaning if you're looking for prime picking season, it may be a little earlier than normal this year.

Hall Farm's walk-in fridge is working twice as hard because of the heat, adding to the farms electricity bill.

Hall is just waiting for fall, at least fall-like temperatures.

“I wish it would cool off. I really wish it would drop down to about 60 degrees for a high and go down to the 30s at night,” added Hall.