On Sunday, John Lindsey wrote about See Canyon microclimates and how they affect the apple farms there. He interviewed our friend Edward Evenson at Creekside farms to get information for the article.
Edward Evenson of Creekside Farms told me that apples need a lot of chill hours during winter to set the trees and kill the unwanted bugs, but enough warmth in the spring to prevent frost.
See Canyon provides a near perfect climate for apples. On calm winter nights dense cold air flows downward along the slopes of the Irish Hills and accumulates at the bottom of the canyon.
Edward said temperatures can be nearly 30 degrees colder at the bottom of the canyon than on top of the ridge.
Read more here.