The strong frosts in the Caderechas Valley in April and May, when temperatures fell to -2 and -5º C, affected the flowering stage of the Reineta apples. 50% of the production was lost due to this weather event. Thus, producers will only collect approximately 100,000 kilos, when they normally harvest 200,000 kilos.
The frost affected the most the trees with the most advanced flowering, just like it did to the cherry crops, located in the lower towns of Caderechas. Salas de Bureba has taken the worst part and is the most affected area. However, the upper part's production will be practically normal, according to Juan Jose Gandia, the president of the Association of Producers and Traders Las Caderechas.
Even though the apple production decreased, the quality of the fruit is very good due to the lack of rains in the summer months, which has kept the calibers in the appropriate range. That factor, however, varies from farm to farm, depending on their situation.
Reineta apple fair in Cantabrana
The VIII edition of the Reineta of the Caderechas Valley Apple Fair will be held on October 13 in the small town of Cantabrana. The event is also the showcase of new varieties of fruits, such as pears or quinces, responding to the new project for the recovery and promotion of old fruit varieties in the Burebana region.
Anyone who is interested can find out about the quality of this excellent product at the fair. Typical products of the land such as oil, sausages, cheeses, bread, honey, and organic vegetables will also be for sale. Each year, the event attracts more and more people that are seduced by the quality and taste of these apples. The apple harvest will be extended until October 12, approximately. The members of the Guarantee Mark have been working for 16 years to promote their fruits outside the provincial market.