SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The unusual weather and drought is taking its toll on some of California’s fruit production. I was talking to Frog Hollow Farms in Brentwood and they said they’ve lost 90 percent of their cherry crop this year.
Just when you thought it was going to be one of those bumper-crop years, it turns out that the really warm weather in December and January didn’t produce enough chill hours for the fruit buds to develop properly.
Apricots however are top notch this time of year with a full crop in all 10 varieties. Peaches and nectarines are beautiful while plums and pluots are experiencing bumper crops bigger than they’ve been in quite some time.
Just to demonstrate how unusual the weather has been in affecting crops, there are actually grapes on the vine already and it’s hardly even time for them to bud. Keep your eyes peeled for weird occurrences like this, after all, we really don’t know how it will play out in nature or on your plate.