DALEVILLE, Va. — Fruit may be ready earlier than expected this year.
Apple trees in Bedford County are already growing fruit. Typically this time of year leaves would just be forming but the fruit is already visible on branches. It's about three weeks ahead of schedule.
Walter Gross and his family have about 100 acres of fruit trees on their orchard. He's a fourth generation farmer and has never seen a year like this.
"I've been in it all my life and I've never seen a season like this has been all winter and all spring," says Gross.
Another upside of the warm winter and spring is early travelers. Gross has already seen visitors at the orchard and expects higher numbers than usual this spring.
The Gross' will have a lot of people at the orchard this weekend. Their annual apple blossom festival is this Saturday in Bedford County.