The crazy weather
The season began ten days earlier than usual with a very hot New Zealand summer bringing the cherries on much quicker than normal. Weather records were broken all over NZ with Cromwell reaching its highest ever temperature since records began, a sweltering 36.6 degrees Celsius.
For the first time on record, Cromwell had 11 consecutive days in November with a maximum temperature of more than 25 degrees Celsius, beating the previous record of eight days in 1974.
This weather event caused few things:
- We had an absolutely bumper crop based on volume - the number of KGs we put through the packhouse was astounding. This was supported by a record number of amazing seasonal workers, plus our team 'on the ground' working tirelessly in the orchard - to these people a special thank you.
- The cherry size in mm was smaller than last season - we know a lot of you were after the larger sized cherries, which unfortunately, we were unable to always meet. We are hoping that the coming season will be a bit more settled and we will have a variety of sizes for you next year.