Monday, October 20, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Drawing winner announced!

And the winner of the Scavenger Hunt drawing is..................

scavenger hunt winner

The Smith Family!   
Come enjoy your free bucket of apples!

Thank you all who came out for the 2nd Annual Festival.   It was so fun to see everyone enjoying themselves, kids and families running around intently doing the scavenger hunt and lots of people discovering that the apple you choose does make a definite difference in the taste of your applesauce.  I think the hit of the festival was the Gator rides.  The kids really loved it.

Here are some other pictures for the festival for those who missed it:
App Fest 7

Ap Fes 1 Ap Fest 2 App Fes 4 App Fest 3 App Fest 5 App Fest 6

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pink Lady apples are ready now!

Pink Lady are our last apple to come ripe and it is well worth the wait!
Pink Lady is a great all-around apple.  Medium sweet flavor with a tang.  It is also great for baking, applesauce and my favorite for drying.  It is our longest storage apple too.
pink lady
Pink Lady
Pink lady tree

Other Apple Update:

Hint:  Walk down to the orange cones we have in most rows, and you will find the most easy picking starting at the cones!

Granny Smith, Gold Rush:  Lots and lots.  These came ripe just recently.

Jonagold:  Especially look on the west side of the row closest to the railroad tracks, plus toward the far south end.

Golden Delicious:  Many left in the main 2 row plus you will find more in the older part of the orchard.

Braeburn:  Lots left in the main single row.  We also have a whole section of Braeburn in the far southeast corner (by the road) that has barely been picked on yet.

Melrose, Ruby Jon, Rome:  Still quite a bit out there but you need to walk to the last 1/3 to 1/4 of the row.  One you hit the orange cone, the trees are full of them.

Red Delicious:  Some left on the single row, plus there are lots of trees spread throughout the older part of the orchard.  (If you don't know what the "older section" is, just ask us when you get here and we can show you!

Fuji:  Still some out there but getting low.  The last few trees all the way to the north are full of Fuji, and we have 3 trees in the older part of the orchard that we can guide you to.


One last reminder!  Apple Festival is this Saturday, Oct 18 from 10am-2pm!

Come find this little frog tomorrow for part of our scavenger hunt for adults and kids alike!

There is no entry fee or cost except if you'd like to purchase apples.

Come check out the apple tasting table, applesauce taste test, John Deere gator rides, Apple Tours around the orchard, Crafts for the kids, Scavenger hunt, Farm Equipment to check out, and of course, apple picking!  We'd love to have you.


 See you soon!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Gold Rush and Granny Smith are Ready!

Gold Rush have a kick of flavor...tart with a hint of sweetness.
They are a good apple for many things.  Eating, Cooking, Salads, Juice and Hard Cider.  Nice size this year too!  Another great thing about these apples is they resist browning after cutting them!

Good Keepers too!

Gold Rush

gold rush

Granny Smith are a tart apple that is good for eating and great for baking/cooking.
I personally think they are great for dipping in caramel because of the contrast of tart and sweet!
If you are making apple cider, throw one or two of these in with the other apples to give the cider a little punch.

Other Apple Update:

We have TONS apples still but many rows you need to walk down halfway or even 3/4 to find where others haven't picked yet.  Don't give up if the row looks like there is nothing there.  If it has a PICK HERE sign, then there are definitely apples left.
We placed some orange cones down the rows to show you where the best picking spot starts.  So just head to the cones!

Jonagold:  The BIG jonagold on the north side have about 1/4 of the row left on each of the 4 rows.  The jonagolds on the south side by the railroad tracks have lots and lots left.

Ruby Jon and Melrose:  1/3 of the row left to pick.

Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Braeburn:  Lots and Lots

Fuji:  1/2 of one row left, and 1/4 of the other 2.  If these rows run out and you still want some, please ask because we have several loaded trees in the older section of the orchard we can take you too.

Rome: 1/3 of each of the 2 rows left.

Here is what we have been busy with!  Applesauce coming out our ears :)


More apples finding a new home.

So sweet to see the kids just enjoying their apples!

row of jonagold and gator
Morning duty of checking out the apple rows.  Seeing what is out there!

Pink Lady are the last apple that is coming up!  Usually ready by the end of October.  Will keep you posted on it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Braeburn, Rome and Fuji are ready now!

Wow the Rome apples are beautiful this year!  They are well-known for being an excellent cooking/baking apple.  They keep their shape when baked, and are great for baking whole.
rome close up
rome whole tree

Braeburn are a great all-around apple with a sweet, firm crunch.   You can use it for pretty much anything...baking, applesauce, eating, etc.  Pretty good keeper too.
braeburn close up

Fuji apples are sweet and great for eating and good for baking.
(Fuji are SO close...tasty now but will be even sweeter by next week.  You choose what you like!)

fuji close up

fuji far away

Other Apple Update:

We still have tons of Ruby Jon, Golden Delicous, Red Delicious, Jonagold and Melrose.
It may look like the rows are picked but if you walk halfway down, you will find the trees still loaded! 

All pears are sold out for the season.  Thank you!

Don't forget about our 2nd Annual Apple Festival on Sat, October 18th from 10am-2pm!!

We will have applesauce tastings so you can see what apples you like best for sauce.
And apple sliced so you can see what you like the best for eating.
Plus a few apple art crafts for the kids and apple tours for anyone!

We love our customers!  She found some beautiful apples and was such a hard worker!  She was kind enough to let us take her picture :)
woman with apples

Friday, September 26, 2014

Red Delicious are ready!

The world's most well-known apple.  We all grew up with these in school it seems.

Good for eating.  Much more tasty right off the tree...actually crispy and not mushy.

We have a half of row of them, plus random trees in the older section of the orchard.  The older section of Red Delicious are much more ripe and sweet right now than the single row.  The single row needs a little more time to ripen.  Ask us when you get here and we can point you in the right direction.

Red Delicious
Red Delicious

Red Delicious 3

Other Apple Update:

Jonagold:  Tons left.  We have many rows available.  So good!
Melrose, Golden Delicious, Ruby Jon:  Lots left.
Honeycrisp, Gala:  Done for the season.

Up Next:

Braeburn, Rome, Fuji, Gold Rush, Granny Smith are still a bit firm and ripening to get sweeter.   Sometime in October they will be ready.  Pink Lady are the last apple ready...usually mid to late October.  I'll keep you posted!

What a cutie!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ruby Jon Apples and D'Anjou Pears are ready!

Updated Gala, Jonagold and Honeycrisp status since we first put this post up on Sept 15th.
Ruby Jon:

I have been waiting for this apple since last year when I discovered they make AMAZING applesauce!
They are part Jonathon so they are great for baking too.
They are a medium to small size mildly tart apple.
Come try them and see what you think!
ruby jon 3
Ruby Jon

ruby jon 1


D'Anjou pears have just been picked too!  Pre-picked only.


$6.00 for smaller bucket
$12 for large 5 gallon bucket
(Please Note:  The pears MUST be chilled in your fridge for 4-6 weeks in order for them to ripen.  If you leave them on your counter, they will eventually just rot without ripening.  The grocery stores have already done this step for you.  Don't want you to be disappointed!)

anjou pears

Other Apple Update: (UPDATED 9-19-14)

Jonagold:   All 9 rows are now open for picking.
Golden Delicious:  LOTS of beautiful ones available.
Honeycrisp:  Not too much left.  If you hunt around, you will find some here and there hiding in the tree.  Plan on them all being gone by the end of today or at least by Saturday.
Gala:  The main 2 rows of Gala have some apples left down at the farthest end but they are getting to be only applesauce quality.  They look beautiful but are getting soft when you bite into them.  Wonderful applesauce.  They are very sweet and wouldn't have to add a drop of sugar. 
Melrose:  We have some ready to pick in the old part of the orchard. Please ask so we can show you!  The main row of Melrose are not sweet enough yet.  Need to wait a bit longer.

Just some fun pictures!
apple customers

silas and kai

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quick update about Ruby Mac and Golden Delicious

Since I just posted yesterday this will be a super quick update.

Please check yesterday's post for more detailed information about what other apples are ripe now!



Ruby Macs have all been picked.  Thanks for enjoying them all!

Golden Delicious (the regular season ones, not the Smoothies only) are now ready!

Golden Delicious

They are a mildly sweet apple with a thin skin.  Many people like them for pies and baking.  Also can be used for applesauce and of course great for eating.  These straight off the tree are so wonderfully crisp compared to the store.