Heath Orchard apples destroyed by hailstorms

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Heath Orchard in Canada lost nearly its entire crop for this year after three hailstorms hit in three weeks.  Updates on when the orchard will be open this year will be posted on their website at vergerheathorchard.com.  Photo by Xander Jean
Heath Orchard in Canada lost nearly its entire crop for this year after three hailstorms hit in three weeks. Updates on when the orchard will be open this year will be posted on their website at vergerheathorchard.com. Photo by Xander Jean

copyright the Chronicle August 12, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph 

STANSTEAD, QUEBEC — Picking apples at Heath Orchard in Canada is a tradition for many, but this year will be different.

The 100-year-old orchard was hit hard by three separate hailstorms — one in mid-July and two in early August — that destroyed or damaged the entire crop.

“When the first storm came, we were in shock,” co-owner Chris Rawlings said. “When the second one came, we started crying. When the third one came….”

He threw his hands into the air as if to say, what can you do?

He and his wife and co-owner, Lynn Heath, run the orchard.

“This is uncharted territory,” Ms. Heath said.

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