Vendors Struggle to Find Apples for Festival

By Stephanie Parkinson

October 6, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM EDT

Kendallville, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - This year’s drought hurt the apple crop significantly in northeast Indiana. Some of the vendors at the Kendallville Apple Festival say they had difficulty getting apples this year.

"The weather and everything, it's just really made a problem," said Pam Morgan, vendor.

Vendors like Pam Morgan say they had a tougher time getting apples from local orchards. Pam typically uses Orchard Hill Farms near Kendallville but this year had to leave the county to buy apples.

"This year, with the drought, they were no extra apples available," said Morgan. "They had to fill their individual orders and they didn't have enough apples necessarily for all the apple vendors," said Morgan.

Mrs. Hertha Meyer, co-owner of Orchard Hill Farms, reached out to Indiana's NewsCenter Wednesday (October 10). She told INC Mrs. Morgan did not request an order from Orchard Hill for this year's festival and they have not supplied Mrs. Morgan with apples in the past for the Kendallville Apple Festival.

However, Pam still says apples have been more difficult to find this year. She says says vendors were forced to be more innovative with what they made.

"Instead of having apple cakes they're making oatmeal cakes, instead of having apple pies they're making cherry pies and rhubarb pies, instead of making the apple breads that we normally have, and the apple butters, we don't have any apple butter this year, " said Morgan.

For those who did get apples they came at a price.

"We made sure that we placed our order early, and then we ended up paying a little bit more this year for the apples that we did get,” said Mark Lundquist, vendor.

Despite a bad apple crop it didn't stop people from coming out for the festival Saturday, that last year drew in 70,000 people over the full weekend.

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