Monthly Archives: June 2017

A Late Spring Orchard Update – June 2017

We’re now fully subscribed for 2017 and thrilled to welcome all our returning members (and a couple of new ones, too)!

Farmers Al and Mary have written the following late spring update letter:

Summerland, BC, June 15, 2017

Greetings to all members from the Happy Farmers Al and Mary.
In our 40 years of living in Summerland we have not had a spring like this year’s, wet and cold. The blossom season arrived exactly 3 weeks later than last year (which was about one week earlier than normal), which still leaves us about two weeks behind. Likewise, the fruit sizing is about 2-3 weeks behind last year’s. Mother Nature will catch up though, the lag will slowly decrease and by the end of October we will have caught up completely.
There are, however, some unwelcome consequences to this unusual weather. Some fruit varieties were in full bloom right in the middle of the heavy rains. The pollinating insects did not get out, the pollination was inadequate and the result is a very light set. Most seriously affected fruits are pears and Italian plums. There will be a very light crop. Other plum varieties and apples were affected to a much lesser degree and barring some unforeseen calamity the crop should be at least average.
There is a distinct possibility that we will have difficulties to meet our obligations to deliver the quantities and varieties our members ordered, in spite of the fact that we have decreased the membership number by a quarter. Should that happen, there will be a proportional refund coming your way at the end of the fruit season. In the meantime let’s stay hopeful.
There are some aspects of life which are completely beyond our control. We have to accept them and live with the consequences. We are trying to make the most of what we have and enjoy life in spite of all difficulties.
Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing you at the first delivery, sometime in early to mid August.
Al and Mary

Nonetheless, we remain optimistic and excited for the first delivery in August!  Below are some photos of the fruit, sizing up on the trees.