Mutsu Apples and Cider are here!

This is what we have in the Crow Mountain Orchard salesroom right now.

Prices, sizes, and varieties vary from what may be for sale at our booths at the Scottsboro and Guntersville Farmers Markets.

Updates:  

  • APPLE CIDER is ready!
  • MUTSU APPLES are now available. The quantities may be limited for awhile. Call before you go to the orchard.

APPLE CIDER

1/2 gal                $4.00

1 gal                     $6.00

ASIAN PEARS                                                                                                                           1 qt                     $4.50                                                                                                                               2 qt                    $6.50                                                                                                                             1/2 peck          $9.00                                                                                                                            1 peck               $14.00                                                                                                                    1/2 bushel      $22

APPLES

  • MUTSU APPLES–large, green, crisp eating apples
  • RED AND GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES
  • JONAGOLD APPLES–a crisp, juicy, sweet-tart eating apple that is also good for cooking.
  • MACINTOSH APPLES are ripe. They have white flesh and delicate flavor perfect for apple cake or eating.
  • JONATHAN APPLES are ripe and available now! Jonathans were always my Mother’s favorite cooking apple. They hold their shape as well as Granny Smith so are good for making pies and fried apples. They are a little tart, but not as tart as Granny Smiths, so they are also good for eating. Mom always used Jonathans to make a big pot of applesauce. They are a medium size, red apple that is traditionally used for caramel apples. When the Jonathans get ripe, you know fall is coming!
  • PIPPIN APPLES are VERY large, tart, green, cooking apples and are particularly good for applesauce and apple butter.

3 lb                   $3.00
1/2 peck        $5.00
1 peck             $8.00
1/2 bushel    $12.50

SPARTLETT PEARS (other sizes available upon request)
1 qt                   $3.75
2 qt                  $5.50

GOLD MUSCADINE GRAPES (Click on link for description and recipes)           1 qt              $4.00                                                                                                                                   2 qt              $6.00  (Larger quantities available upon request.)

 

Farmers Markets Update–Sept 5 & 6

SCOTTSBORO FARMERS MARKET

218 Bob Jones Road
Scottsboro, AL 35768

Friday, September 5, the Crow Mountain Orchard booth will open late at about 8:30 a.m. Our normal hours at Scottsboro is 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

On Friday and Saturday we will have yellow peaches for sale in 2 qt. boxes.  Peaches will only be available at the farmers markets, not the orchard salesroom. The last day for peaches will be Saturday.

We will have the following apples in 3 lb. and 6 lb. bags:  Jonathan, MacIntosh, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious.

GUNTERSVILLE FARMERS MARKET

Within Civitan Park along the lake
880 Sunset Drive
Guntersville, AL 35976

Open 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

On Saturday we will have yellow peaches for sale in 2 qt. boxes.  Peaches will only be available at the farmers markets, not the orchard salesroom. The last day for peaches will be Saturday.

We will have the following apples in 3 lb. and 6 lb. bags:  Jonathan, MacIntosh, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious.

RAINSVILLE FARMERS MARKET

In the Rainsville City Park behind City Hall                                                                        70 McCurdy Ave N, Rainsville, AL 35986

Hours: 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.. Thursdays only

We will have the following apples in 3 lb. and 6 lb. bags:  Jonathan, MacIntosh, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious.

Jonathan Apples Now Available

Jonathan apples are ripe and available now! Jonathans were always my Mother’s favorite cooking apple. They hold their shape as well as Granny Smith so are good for making pies and fried apples. They are a little tart, but not as tart as Granny Smiths, so they are also good for eating. Mom always used Jonathans to make a big pot of applesauce. They are a medium size, red apple that is traditionally used for caramel apples. When the Jonathans get ripe, you know fall is coming!

Large Group Orchard Visits

If you have a large group such as a church group, senior center, service club, etc. who would like to schedule a trip to Crow Mountain Orchard, call the salesroom, 256-437-9254, and schedule a date and time with Michelle or Barb. They schedule groups for Monday through Thursday. Scheduled groups will be provided with numbered tickets for door prize drawings. We encourage groups to reserve a spot on the calendar to avoid having two or more large groups showing up at the same time.

Ripening and Storing Peaches

 

When I have worked in the salesroom, a common question from customers was how to keep their peaches. Recently my husband and I bought a half bushel of peaches (here in North Carolina) and are now at the end of them. I didn’t lose any. Here is how to keep them as long as possible.

Ripe peaches are very fragile, and it is impossible to keep from bruising them while picking, packing, and just regular handling. They also have a very short shelf life. That is why we (and most orchards) pick them while they are still firm requiring you to let them ripen for a couple of days. Our packers separate out any ripe peaches which are sold at a discount in case you need a few ripe peaches that day.

When you get your box of firm peaches home, store them in the refrigerator. Unless you bought them to can all at one time, remove a few peaches at a time from the refrigerator to ripen. Lay them in a single layer. In a day or two, they should be ready to eat. My husband and I rotated through a large box of peaches doing this. We always had the right number of ripe peaches ready when we wanted them, but had them last for much longer than if I had let the whole half bushel ripen at once.  Once they have ripened, they can be put back in the refrigerator.

Modern refrigerators remove moisture which may result in your peaches or other fruit drying out some and shriveling. One trick is to lay a damp dishcloth over them. This also works for apples.

Occasionally, a customer returns to the orchard to complain that their fruit went bad. When questioned, they admit that they had not refrigerated it, but had kept it in a garage or “cool” back bedroom. Fruit will rot fairly quickly if not kept cold, like most perishable produce. The colder the better (above freezing) and the longer your fruit will last. I have eaten ripe peaches I picked off the tree, and peaches that I stored in my refrigerator. Once ripened, they taste the same.

More important is whether the peaches are locally grown and fresh-picked, not having been shipped a thousand miles or more. When I lived in Arizona and bought peaches at the store, they more often than not rotted before they got ripe and sweet. Kind of like waiting for a store-bought tomato to taste good.

Scottsboro and Guntersville Farmers Market

Scottsboro Farmers Market

Crow Mountain Orchard has a booth to sell our fruit at the Scottsboro Farmers Market. Here is a list of the fruit we are currently selling at the market. The fruit varieties, sizes, and prices differ from what is available at the orchard salesroom. 

Scottsboro Farmers Market
218 Bob Jones Road
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Tuesday through Saturday 7 :00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Guntersville Farmers Market

Guntersville Farmers Market                                                                                                      1500 Sunset Drive
Guntersville, AL 35976                                                                                                    Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Farmers Market Hours

After spending our first week at the Guntersville and Scottsboro Farmers Markets, we have determined that we will be at our booths from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on the days the markets are open.

Guntersville market is open 3 days a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Scottsboro market is open 5 days a week, Tuesday through Saturday.

The Crow Mountain Orchard salesroom is open 8:00 to 5:00, seven days a week.