Here's another perspective on dropping the apple: an orchard in Port Williams, NS. Mostly, all you can see are leaves, but trust me, there were a few drop apples too.
Unfortunately, this orchard probably looks the same even now, a month later, in early January. The weather is so ridiculously warm, its hard to take it seriously. It was 7C today in Saint John, and someone I know was mowing their lawn.
From a food perspective, it means there really isn't much inspiration to get into cold weather food: stews, soups, chili, warm breads, roasts. If global warming continues, our cold food season will be severely shortened!