GASPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - The snow may seem a burden to some who are wishing these final days of March were warmer, but farmers aren't complaining.
Those in the business of maple syrup, or apples, or cherries, say good things come to those who have to wait.
Melinda Vizcarra of Becker Farms said, "This is great. Nice and cold. that's how we like March."
By this week last year the fruit trees were already budding up at Becker Farms in Gasport, but they blossomed too early, and then came a killing freeze.
"So we didn't have any apple crop, cherry crop and there was no peaches either," Vizcarra recalled.
Fruit growers prefer a slow spring warm up.
"The Cornell Cooperative Extension just had a report out and their estimate is that the first green tip, the little bit that comes out will be about April 16th," Vizcarra said.
And on that schedule apple trees won't blossom until the first week of May, the way growers prefer.
Bill Zittel of Amos Zittel & Sons said, "I'm thinking this year is more normal than it is abnormal."
Down at Amos Zittel & Sons Farm in Eden, the corn and lettuce were already planted under plastic by this time last year.
"We're ready to go and this is one of the earlier crops of our lettuce and cabbage will be going out and I'm hoping that next week Mother Nature will be a little nicer to us," Zittel said.
In the Eden Valley, the snow is gone but the soil is still too cold and too wet to put those plants into.
Zittel said, "We need 50 to 55 degrees for at least a couple days and then we should be able to get in."
But in the meantime, the maple syrup season has been good to the last drop. These short warm-ups followed by short cold snaps are just what keeps the sap flowing.
Up at Becker Farms they say another reason the apple crop may be better than normal is because the apple trees had so few apples on them that their limbs had a chance to rest up and get stronger for this season.
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