The unique blend of climate and geography found in certain areas of Ontario allow producers to grow a wide variety of top quality fruits. This year however, the fluctuating weather served to be less than ideal for fruit crops and orchards across the region.
Art Smith, of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, says the winter warmth accelerated the budding of fruit trees in March. They were consequently left barren after the frost that followed in April. "The crop is acting as it would in late April, early May."
Farmers say the varying weather of the past two months has subsequently led to a significant decrease in apple growth this season. Smith says the exact numbers are unknown, but it could be a loss of up to 75-80%. In addition, experts say failed crops could mean digging deeper into your pockets as shortages can lead to higher prices at the supermarket.
Smith says the impact of the unseasonable weather will affect each crop differently depending on where they grow. "Anything right next to a large body of water will be better off because the lakes moderate the temperatures."
At this time, there's uncertainty as to how much this shortage will cost farmers in lost revenue.