The annual apple picking days at the Philips Fruittuin will not continue this year. Due to the late frost during the end of April, only a quarter of the apples are usable, says owner Carlos Faas. He finds it a difficult message to convey and is already considering a solution.
The failed harvest is the result of twofold bad luck. First of all, the unexpected night frost, so late in the year. But there is usually something to combat it, the market garden has an irrigation system that can protect the plants from the frost. But on that very night it was broken.
The failed harvest means at least a 100,000 euro loss. That means that the last two years, work has been for nothing, he says. Fortunately, the fruit garden has a buffer, so the loss can be managed this year.