Apple orchards deal with apple shortage

11:46 AM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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GREENFIELD, Minn. - If you want to visit an apple orchard this Fall, it's better to do it sooner than later.

After early budding on apple trees in the Spring, freezing temperatures in April then killed off a large portion of the crop. Aamodt's Apple Farm in Stillwater is reporting their crop down 50%. The Minnesota Apple Grower's Association says picking started early in July this year, which is moving the apple season up a couple weeks. The silver lining, according to the Minnesota Apple Grower's Assocation, is that the distress on apples forces sugars to develop faster so this year's crop is very sweet.

Grocery stores are also feeling the affects. Lunds and Byerly's says local apple orchards normally account for half of their supply, but this year they don't have any. They say they have some from Wisconsin but the majority are shipped in from Washington and New York. Cub Foods says they are shipping in apples from Washington as well.

KARE 11's Bryan Piatt visited Knapton's Orchard in Greenfield to learn more. One of their orchards on higher ground survived the April frost, while another on lower ground didn't.

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