“When the temperature reached 113, the apples just let go,” said Susie Kenny, who operates See Canyon Fruit Ranch with husband Paul Kenny.
The recent record-breaking heat wave, followed by rains, caused all of the Kennys’ apple trees to drop their fruit, and now the ranch looks like a sea of gold.
Susie Kenny said she has never seen such a weather pattern in See Canyon, nor so many apples on the ground at once.
After inviting schoolchildren and representatives from People’s Kitchen at Prado Day Center for the homeless to collect apples, there are still thousands on the ground, and they may spoil if uncollected by the week’s end.
The Kennys are offering the public to glean the fallen apples by bringing a paper grocery bag, which will hold about 20 pounds.
They will charge $7 for each bag, which would normally cost $22, Susie Kenny said.
“People say take lemons and make lemonade. We say take apples and make applesauce and apple pies for the community.”
The ranch is at 2345 See Canyon Road.
Representatives from Gopher Glen, a nearby apple grower, were unavailable to comment about the apples on their ranch.
— Julia Hickey