BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —With the start of fall right around the corner many people have started thinking about apple cider and cooler weather. News 4 traveled to Mayer Brothers to find out if this summer’s weather impacted apple crops.
Jay Wynkoop, a native of North Tonawanda, told News 4,”It’s just so good. It’s so sweet, and it’s that time of year. It’s time to have some cider!”
Many Western New Yorkers echo his thoughts. After the hottest august ever recorded in Buffalo, locals are ready for a change of season and so are the apple crops.
Garrett Mayer, President of Mayer Brothers Apple Products said, “The heat mainly affected the earlier apples. The Jonamacs, Paula Reds and Macintosh apples.”
He said the heat and dry weather has reduced the size of these early season apples down to nearly 2 and a half inches. With smaller apples the flavor of the fruit changes but in this case you may like the results.
He said, “Because of the amount of sun and lack of moisture, the sugars became more concentrated in the apple which gives us a sweeter juice.”
Because Upstate New Yorkers have a refined pallet for cider they will definitely be able to taste a difference. If you’re looking for apples they’re not in store just yet. You’ll have to wait a couple more days.
Joy Kicinski, supervisor and manager of the Mayer Brother’s Cider Mill and Bakery said the wait won’t be too much longer.
“Usually right after Labor Day I’ll start having my bins of apples ready. I’m hoping to have some Paula Reds and some Macintosh first and then we just, as they come into season, we’ll get the rest of the brands.”
Even though the earlier varieties have been impacted there still is enough time to change the size and taste of the later varieties of apples.
Mayer said, “Many of the apples probably won’t be picked for another month or so, so rain will definitely have an impact on increasing the size.”
Increasing the size of the apple will allow more to be put on the shelves for your enjoyment and less to be thrown into the cider blends.