Hail Storm Devastates Door County Family Orchard - WBAY

Hail Storm Devastates Door County Family Orchard

Early Tuesday morning up to four inches of grape sized hail came crashing down just north of Sturgeon Bay wiping out most of the fruit in Bob Fellner's orchard.

"I was coming up the road and I could see the hail on the ground here and just driving up the road I could see the leaves on the trees were gone," said Bob Fellner of Fellner Orchards. "The initial reaction was that it's just brutal. That total loss and it's just jaw dropping and wonder what you're going to do."

While other farms in the area dodged the damage, insurance will help Fellner recover as he continues to operate this orchard that's been in his family for generations.

"It is pretty much all damaged. The cherries we have will be bird food. And the apples we'll be lucky to have deer feed," said Fellner. "It is all just kind of part of the game. A game you're often times behind in the score, but one day you hope to win."

The fruit his family worked hard for in the orchard now hangs on battered limbs, shredded, but Fellner says he's already focused on the task ahead.

"You just kind of move forward. That's all you can really do. What's done is done, you can't change it. Hope for better results next year," said Fellner.

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