Nova Scotia apple growers say spring frost destroyed crop by up to 50 per cent

Apple growers in Nova Scotia say they've lost up to 50 per cent of their crop this year.

The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association says that below-freezing temperatures in June played a big part in the losses, and the hardest-hit crops were in areas at low elevations.

Phil Daniels, owner of Daniels U-Pick, says 99 per cent of his crops died due to the freezing June temperatures, resulting in about a 75 per cent drop in sales.

He says people aren't coming to the farm in Windsor because they know he got hit by frost.

But Daniels says he's trying to put a spin on the problem, telling visiting children they're in for a game of hide-and-seek to find the remaining apples.

He has also brought in produce to sell to customers, so they don't leave empty-handed.

Daniels, who has been in business for 42 years, says he expects his trees will grow better next year because of what he calls a sabbatical of sorts.