By Tim Kowols
Apples and the hard-working people tapped to pick them are feeling the effects of the late September heat wave. With average temperatures usually in the low-60s in Sturgeon Bay for September, the close to 90-degree temperatures over the weekend were a shock. Wood Orchard owner Steve Wood says apples do not like to deal with extremes and the heat could have a negative effect on the fruit still on the trees and head into cold storage.
It has been a tough year to be an apple with many trees in Wood Orchard dealing with a rainier summer and hail storms earlier this season in Egg Harbor. Despite the weather, Wood is confident it will still be a good crop with plenty of apples available for everyone.