WESTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - In a follow up to a story 22News told you about last year, fruit trees suffered damage from the unusual weather we had in 2012.
Last years warm winter started an early blossom of fruit trees, not a good thing if that warm weather is followed by a late frost.
"I lost about two acres of apples that are on my lower area from frost that happened after the bloom, but a lot of orchards took a real beating from late frost because everything was already in bloom and apples were already formed when we had the cold weather," said Brad Morse, the co-owner of Outlook Farm in Westhampton.
At Outlook Farm in Westhampton, they're seeing signs that this spring won't take away some of their more popular fruits, like the Cortland apples.
"Cortlands are a huge, usually a huge crop and last year they weren't…They weren't as big as they usually are. They didn't come out like the rest of them did, they didn't grow the same," said Robin Hoch, the retail manager at Outlook Farm.
Fewer apples made for a twenty percent price increase last year. But this years cooler winter and early spring has slowed the growth of the fruit trees...which could bring prices back down if they have more crop.
The fruit trees at Outlook Farm are growing about 2-3 weeks slower than they did last year and that means that the fruit inside will be protected longer from any cold nights.
This means better chances that the fruit survives with the typical last frost by mid may.
A warm summer with no late frosts should mean you'll be able to pick your own apples, peaches, cherries and plums around Labor Day.