April 21, 2014

Dry summer means fewer apples at Nebraska orchards

All roads lead to Nebraska City this weekend for the annual Apple Jack Festival and visitors load up their vehicles with cider, pies and plenty of apples. There is one problem. The drought took a toll on the apple crop.

Clint Wostrel is the manager of Union Orchard outside Union, Nebraska and says the quality of their apple crop is fine but yields were lower because of the hot, dry summer. He says visitors to the Nebraska City area won’t have a problem finding apples this weekend or throughout the fall season. He says area orchards are working with one another this year to make sure their shelves are stocked.

Thousands of visitors are expected in Nebraska City area this weekend for Apple Jack, ranked one of the top 10 fall festivals in North America by the Society of American Travel Writers.