Jackson's Orchard Will Overcome Crop Loss

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

After losing almost everything to the spring freeze, Jackson's Orchard looks forward with high hopes.

This isn't just a major loss for Jackson's Orchard - Warren County will lose hundreds-of-thousands of dollars.

Although the homegrown apples and peaches may be slim pickin's, this year the family fun will continue at Jackson's.

"It's a freeze that really knocked out the fruit industry," Bill Jackson explained. "This is the only apple we've found on this red delicious tree."

It's an old tree, but Jackson is looking to his younger trees for fruit.

"The age of a tree has a lot to do with the tolerance of the cold weather - the younger the better," Jackson said.

He said for example, "... this three-year-old tree has survived the freeze better than the full grown trees that are almost empty."

Peaches are much the same story. Jackson has yet to see a live peach in his orchard since the April frost.

"We'll move along, cut expenses and get by as best we can. We hope next year is a good one. That's a farmer's dream you know," Jackson said.

Festivities like the annual hay ride and kid events at Jackson's Orchard will continue this year. In fact Jackson said he'll have more pumpkins this year than ever before. Also, you can still get your apples and peaches at Jackson's Orchard. He's getting some shipped here from other farmers.

For more on Jackson's Orchard visit www.jacksonorchard.com, and for some
some interesting facts on apples click here

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