Oct 30, 2012
Valley apple growers scramble to beat expected high winds

Apple growers in the Annapolis Valley are hoping strong winds from hurricane Sandy won’t pack too big a wallop in their orchards, as some farmers scrambled Monday to harvest the remainder of their crop.

“We have a concern because if it gets too windy, apples will come off,” John Eisses, owner of Eisses Family Farms in Centreville, Kings County, said in an interview.

Workers were out in full force on the weekend and again Monday to pick as much of the crop as possible before the storm is felt here.

Hurricane Sandy was expected to hit the northeastern states the hardest. But because of the sheer size of the storm, it was expected to be felt in the Maritimes, particularly southwestern Nova Scotia, bringing high winds and heavy rain.

Eisses has 48 hectares of orchards planted beneath the North Mountain, about 15 kilometres north of Kentville, making him one of the largest growers in the Annapolis Valley. Herald News

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