Nappanee, Ind. 2012 was a terrible year for the apple crop. But apple industry leaders predict this year will yield more than 240 million bushels. And given that a bushel holds more than 18, that's a lot of apples.
Miller's Orchard in Nappanee is among one of the local apple farms affected. They say, that a combination of bad weather and frost, left trees unable to produce much fruit.
So, this year orchards are reporting extreme growth. That's caused many of the branches at this Indiana orchard to be weighed down with apples. It's a good turnaround with apple festivals just around the corner.
“Well we try to find apples in other places and last year just was a bad year for apples everywhere,” says Lora Beachy with the Nappanee Apple Festival.
“We just had less to eat, less cider, and less all the way around,” says Marilyn Knepp the Owner of Miller's Orchard. “But we still have a lot of apple items and we make do with what we have.”
Nappanee’s Apple Festival starts next weekend, and draws about 85,000 visitors.