Despite a nasty spring frost, Blue Jay Orchards’ pick-your-own season is up and running.
“It’s a much better year than last year,” orchard manager Chris Seifrit said Wednesday, as storm Sandy took its toll on last season’s crop.
The spring frost damaged the skin on some apples and those varieties aren’t available for pick-your-own, Seifrit said (they are available in the store, however), but there are still “a lot of good apples out there,” enough to last through October.
Blue Jay also has plenty of pumpkins, which are available until Halloween.
Blue Jay Orchards has offered pick-your-own since the current owners, Paul and Mary Patterson, took over the farm in 1985.
“It drives our business,” Seifrit said, as it adds an agro-tourism factor that brings people from all over. “If we had just a normal wholesale or retail operation it would be very difficult” to keep the farm running.