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There is nothing like the smell of fresh pumpkin spice along with the prismatic view of apple orchards and cool air to remind Long Islanders that autumn has again arrived. Even for those residing in the city, there’s likely to be an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch somewhere nearby. But what is one to look forward to when these beautiful orchards of ours are affected by dreadful tropical storms?
The primary problem with tropical storms is the combined effects of boundless rain followed by strong, high winds. These winds are infamous for removing leaves and fruit from various trees. In addition, these rapid winds have even been capable of totally uprooting durable trees, which follows with flooding that further stresses our fruit trees.
The impact tropical storms have is much greater over the coastal areas that cause destruction to property and greater losses during harvests. Sadly, some of our favorite “traditional fall fun” activities are interrupted or even entirely ruined.
“Our farmers have collected almost every available piece of lumber to help prop up the trees and keep them sturdy in a vertical position, said Farmer Rudolf Herth of Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm of Aquebogue, New York. “Farms lose a lot of apples during tropical storms, and the damaged apples can only be processed as either apple slices, while the ones without dents can be used for cider.”
For those who are exhibiting nostalgia for the summer don’t let the brisk winds stop you from enjoying yourself for these upcoming three months. Tropical storms can be “the grinch that stole autumn’, but we shouldn’t let it mean the end of outdoor fall play.
“It just takes a good plan and preparation to prevent any shortage of apples and pumpkins,” said Farmer Herth.
Everyone knows that the ultimate reward for raking leaves is jumping in the piles afterwards. This season will surely bring new opportunities for family fitness and outdoor expedition, so get out and get moving!