The devastation of the winter’s warm weather and spring’s freeze was just sinking in for Michiana fruit farmers at around this time last year.
Eighty-five percent of fruit crops were lost in 2012, but the buds and blossoms seen on plants this year are promising for farmers like Kenny Stover.
Despite being two weeks behind the average schedule, Stover happily inspected the blossoms appearing on the peach trees at Stover’s Farm and U-Pick in Berrien Springs.
He said he is excited about the slow warm up this year. On his watch, the strawberries will be out around June 10 and cherries on around the fourth of July. This year looks like every crop should be a pretty good one, but Stover says farmers are never in the clear if you follow the old school rule “until the last full moon of May.”
“I know a lot of people bummed to have to bundle up in March and shovel a little snow, but from an agricultural stand point it’s still a good thing. It insures we are going to get the most of the cold nights out of the way,” said Stover.
Stover’s mother, June, plans to open the barn at the end of the week with fresh asparagus amongst the many goodies inside, just in time for the blossom festival this weekend.