Apples way early this year

Axel(12b/Sunset H2)August 2, 2012

I am growing about 800 varieties of apples here in Santa Cruz, and this year, I am experiencing an unusually early apple season. We just made it to August first, and here is what has ripened so far that is supposed to be much later:

Erwin Bauer - normally early Sept

Minister Von Hammerstein - normally October

Jacob Fisher - early Sept

mollie's delicious - normally Aug 25

Alkmene - mid Sept

Alexander - late Sept

The German apples are usually much earlier here than adertised, but this is really early.

I am absolutely puzzled by this. I am eating high quality, delicious and crisp Fall apples in the middle of Summer. What's even more bizarre is that the usual Summer apples are ripening at their usual time. Viking, William's pride, and so on are just about done. Summer treat is just getting going. Gravensteins are just starting.

Has anyone experienced anything similar?

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Well, Cali is a whole 'nother ball game from the temperate climates, but everyone here in the Midwest/Great Lakes has an extraordinarily early season. Most crops are running 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule. We had a week of 80 to 90 degree weather in March, when it would be quite "normal" to have snow on the ground and temps in the low 30s for highs. That just threw everything off.

I think the world has gone crazy, and bizarre weather is only going to get worse.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 9:05PM
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