It has been very challenging to grow an abundant crop of apples in 2017. With by the record- setting intense heat and ultra dry summer last year, many fruit tree varieties were stressed and did not set as many fruit buds. We had nearly the complete opposite of that with all the rain that kept coming this spring and summer. We usually spend two days a week cutting the grass in a regular season, but this one had us mowing more like six days a week in between all the precipitation. Excessive rain and periods of wet also increase the incidence of disease so tree management has been very time consuming and expensive for growers like us. Overall the Ontario Apple crop is estimated to be down between 20 and 25% in volume. Our Orchard in particular is very inconsistent in fruit set and yield. Some varieties like Honeycrisp and Northern Spy are abundant while others like Granny Smith and Mutsu did not have a great deal of fruit on them. The outlook for Pick-Your-Own is a crop that is much smaller than other recent years. Our focus is to try and put some of the best fruit on display for our loyal customers and keep the prices to an attractive level (difficult with all the increases in production cost). Crops that are abundant, like Macintosh will be available for PYO. We are trying our best but please do not expect all apple types to be in abundance and if you are coming from a distance it is a wise idea to call ahead to check availability. The pear crop here this year is excellent, for example; however we do not grow thousands of pear trees and therefore do not offer PYO pears to the public generally.