After all the rainy weather we’ve experienced on the weekends, this New York Times article caught my eye (gift link): The Apple Picking Apocalypse of Upstate New York
Pick your own apple season was largely rained out. Tough break for the farmers, that’s for sure.
Thanks for the gift link!
Globally, weather derivatives may get crazy while we still think of these events as surprises instead of a new normal, and maybe they will help smaller businesses like these pick-your-own orchards get some kind of insurance against failed crops (such as it is - it’s not really the crop that failed so much as the tourist aspect…). I think they are smart to hedge their bets the way they are doing, though - setting up for concerts, distilleries, whatever. Further diversifying away from outdoors entertainment, I guess.