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Weather has positive impact on fruit crops

It is an exciting time of summer at the orchard, because there is currently a large variety of fruit to pick. The currant and tart cherry picks are coming to an end, cherry and blueberry picking will continue, and now peaches, raspberries, and blackberries are ready. There is a large quantity and quality of fruit crops this season thanks to the weather throughout this past year.

Steve Lecklider, Manager of Lehman's U-Pick, explains that, “we had a real mild and gradual warm up in the spring and that usually produces larger crops where you don't have the spring frost which will thin out a lot of the crop. So I think that helped us. Also the temperatures in the middle of the winter didn't fluctuate as much as the previous year and helps to set larger fruit crops.”

I think a lot of us remember the long drawn out spring season full of 50 degree days, but because of that, there is plenty of delicious fruit for picking. By late August, a new variety of fruits including pears, nectarines and apples will start to take over.

The weather this weekend will be dry and cooler. Highs will top out in the upper 70s with a mix of sun and clouds on both Saturday and Sunday. Hours at Lehman's Orchard are 9-5 PM on Saturday and 12-5 PM on Sunday.

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