What’s Available? August 19

Asian Pears

Asian Pears

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.

 

 

 

FREESTONE YELLOW, INDIAN CLING, AND GEORGIA BELL WHITE PEACHES.

2 qt box             $6.00
1/2 peck           $8.50
1 peck                $12.00
1/2 bushel       $20.00

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

HONEY CRISP (not available in 1/2 bushel bags), OZARK GOLD, PIPPIN AND GALA APPLES are now available!  Galas are one of our sweetest apples and a good size for eating, especially to put in the kids’ lunch boxes. Pippin apples are VERY large, tart, green, cooking apples. We also still have GINGER GOLD APPLES.  
3 lb                   $3.00
1/2 peck        $5.00
1 peck             $8.00
1/2 bushel    $12.50

NECTARINES
2 qt                     $6.50                                                                                                                      1/2 peck          $9.00                                                                                                                            1 peck               $14.00                                                                                                                    1/2 bushel      $22

HARVEST QUEEN PEARS. They are a small, sweet, eating pear. Some of the folks around here refer to them a “sugar pear.”
1 qt                   $3.75
2 qt                  $5.50

SEEDLESS GRAPES (pink, dark purple). The green grapes are gone for the season. Quantities are limited. Call before you go.                                                               1 qt              $3.75                                                                                                                                   1 1/2 qt     $4.50                                                                                                                              1/2 peck   $9.00                                                                                                                                   1 peck      $13.00

 

Honey Crisp Apples Available

Honey Crisp will be for sale tomorrow, Monday. The largest bag will be a peck for $8.00. You may purchase as many as you wish, but will not be given the half bushel price. Our supply of Honey Crisp is limited, so call before you go to the orchard and get yours soon.

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. 

Freestone Peaches    2 qt box (about 6 lbs) $7.00
Early Gold and/or Ginger Gold Apples     3 lb bag $3.00 and 6 lb bag $6.00

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

Guntersville Farmers Market

This is what is available at our booth at the Guntersville Farmers Market.

Freestone Peaches    2 qt box (about 6 lbs) $7.00
Early Gold and/or Ginger Gold Apples     3 lb bag $3.00 and 6 lb bag $6.00

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.

Scottsboro Farmers Market Booth Opening

Scottsboro Farmers Market

Starting Tuesday, July 8, Crow Mountain Orchard will have a booth to sell our fruit at the Scottsboro Farmers Market. Here is a list of the fruit we will be selling at the market. The fruit varieties, sizes, and prices may differ from what is available at the orchard salesroom. Stop by tomorrow and say hello to the owner of the orchard and my dad, Bob Deutscher.

Semi-freestone Peaches            2 qt box (about 6 lbs) $7.00
Early Gold Apples                     3 lb bag $3.00 and 6 lb bag $6.00

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

Guntersville Farmers Market

This is what is available at our booth at the Guntersville Farmers Market.

Semi-freestone Peaches            2 qt box (about 6 lbs) $7.00
Early Gold Apples                     3 lb bag $3.00 and 6 lb bag $6.00

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