Not everyone complains about the rainy weather last summer.
New Brunswick apple growers say the season started about a week to 10 days earlier this year.
“The weather was good for growing apples,” said Wilf Hiscock, owner of Charlotte’s Family Orchard in Gagetown for 37 years.
He grows 30 different varieties of apples and says the rain this year really helped the apples.
Apple picking has become a tradition for New Brunswickers every fall.
And this year is no different.
“It’s a really good fall so far,” Hiscock said.
CBC meteorologist Ryan Snodden described the summer as “definitely wetter than the last few” and warmer than average in the Maritimes.
Hiscock said the heavy rains were a relief, especially after the dry summer farmers faced last year.
“We had the right amount of humidity, the right amount of heat,” he said. “And now we have these cool nights that help make apples redder and ripen faster.”
Hiscock already has Paula Red, Cortland, and Golden Ginger, which are his main variety of apples.
Her Honeycrisp apples will be ready in the next few days, a favorite for consumption.
“We have a lot of heirloom varieties,” he said, mentioning Dudley Winter and Alexander apples.
He also grows pears, plums, and cherries, but they’re not as big as his apple business.
Apples need water
David Coburn of Coburn Farms on Keswick Ridge, about 27 kilometers west of Fredericton, also rejoiced in the rain this summer.
“Crops don’t grow without moisture,” he said.
The early season will allow more growing time and a faster harvest for apples in the processing orchard.
“We’ve had a great growing season so far.”
The family farm has four hectares of apple trees and 21 varieties of apples.
Coburn said he suffered frost damage on his Cortland and Spartan apples.
“We still have a decent harvest,” he said.