Apple U-picks have hot year
P.E.I. apple growers are reporting one of their best seasons ever, especially when it came to U-pick sales.
Barry Balsom, president of the P.E.I. Apple Growers Association and owner of Arlington Orchards, told CBC News his sales were up 20 per cent this year and other growers had the same success. Much of that business came from people picking their own.
"We had great weekend weather; it was sunny and warm. The quality of the fruit was excellent this year; I've never seen just good Spartans in my life in this orchard," said Balsom.
"The consumer demand, they were very hungry and they wanted apples this year, so I think it's shown that the Prince Edward Island public has recognized the quality apples that can be grown on the Island and they want it. And the weather was there, so every U-pick was ... struggling to keep up with demand."
U-pick sales make up anywhere from 30 to a 100 per cent of grower's business.
Growers are now packing up their apples to ship off-Island. They won't know the price for the exported apples for a couple of months.