MOUNT VERNON — It’s too early to tell whether Tuesday morning’s frost was enough to damage local fruit crops. Location of the orchard may make a difference.
Maureen Buchwald, owner of Glen Hill Orchard on Glen Road, said “It’s too soon to tell” about damage from temperatures that dropped as low as 24 degrees in that area.
“The cherries are in full bloom, so I expect some damage; the peaches are vulnerable and the apples are probably OK,” she said, “but it will take a couple days to show any damage.”
Katie Hoar at Legend Hills Orchard near Utica, said she didn’t think it got cold enough to cause significant damage, but it would probably be a couple days before they can tell for sure.
Marshall Branstool, Branstool Orchards near Utica, said they have seen some damage, but not enough to affect the yield and he’s optimistic about the outlook for the season.
“We had peaches in bloom, just a little past peak, and it got down to 25 degrees for about an hour and killed some buds,” he said.
However, he said they had such a big bloom that he expected to have to thin them anyway. The frost just thinned them a little.
“I feel the same way about the apples,” he said. “But it’s still March and we could still see more frost.”