Alistair Curtis grows stone fruit at Cottage Farm and normally picks about 70 crates of apricots from his 4 hectare farm … but this year he’s picked just 7 crates. He says its one of the worst seasons he’s had in 30 years. Apricot growers have lost as much as 90 per cent of their crop, leaving supermarket shelves and fruit stalls bare of the vibrant stone fruit as the growing season comes to a close.