Mark Twain is often credited with saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes."
While he was supposedly talking about New England, the changing weather patterns we experienced in Michigan bring that phrase to mind. Warm spring temperatures, while a welcome respite from a long winter, caused the farming community worry over the risk of possible frost conditions for the newly forming buds. And as was predicted, soon after bud break the region was exposed to back-to-back nights with temperatures in the mid to high 20s. Many of the fruit crops in the area were damaged. At Crain Hill, only the peach orchard received a medium-level freeze that worked as a fortunate thinning agent. Spring gave way to an extremely warm and sunny summer with ample rainfall, which provided perfect growing conditions. But warm days and cool nights returned in late September and early October–just in time for the harvest–putting an end to a perfect season.