Farmer: Recent drought will cause apples to look, taste different this fall
A favorite fall fruit may look and taste a little different due to the recent drought.
Irv Silverman, owner of Silvermans Farm in Easton, says in all the decades he has been working with apples, he cannot remember a drought like the one that lingered this summer.
Silverman says the drought impacted the crop in several ways. This year's apples tend to be smaller, but the higher concentration of sugar means they taste sweeter.
He also says stems are weaker, causing apples to fall off trees faster than usual.
"Some varieties are lighter than others, but as long as we don't get heavy wind, rain, hurricanes – we will be in good shape for another six weeks," said Silverman.