Thursday, September 13, 2007

Central Illinois Apples Slim Pickin this Year

My apple trees have nothing on them this year. The frost really took its toll. Mine weren't the only ones:

Though it's still early in the apple-picking season, Ackerman Farms' supply has been plucked to its core.

"For all intents and purposes, we're cleaned out," Ackerman Farms co-owner John Ackerman said. "We just stopped sending people out because (the apples) are few and far between."

A late freeze in March caught the apples in their blossom stage, damaging them from the start. What apples Ackerman had were nearly gone soon after he opened Aug. 23, though the farm still has pumpkins.

"It's just a timing thing," Ackerman said. "We live hand-in-hand here with Mother Nature."

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