What is available now? Salesroom hours 8:00-4:00

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

Update:

  • Effective immediately, the orchard salesroom will close each day at 4:00 pm. We will remain open 7 days a week, 8:00 to 4:00.
  • Reminder–we have closed our booths at the Scottsboro and Guntersville farmers markets for the season.
  • We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day reopening on Friday, November 29.

APPLE CIDER

1/2 gal                $4.00

1 gal                     $6.00

APPLES

  • PINK LADY APPLES There are a few bags packed at a time and are sold as soon as they are put on the table. Call before you go to the orchard for Pink Ladies. The Pink Lady apples got hit by a late hail, so quantities are limited this year.  We will probably only have them for another week or two.
  • ROME BEAUTY APPLES-They are round, red, and glossy, with a thick skin and firm flesh. It is primarily used for baking, as its flavor develops when cooked, and it holds its shape well. The Rome Beauty was first discovered in 1817 planted along the Ohio River near Proctorville, Ohio.
  • WINESAP APPLES–medium size, juicy, moderately tart, red/green color, good for eating and cooking. I would not use these for pies without adding cornstarch or other thickener because of their juiciness.
  • RED AND GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES
  • JONATHAN APPLES 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.

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

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Turkeys in DrivewayTo allow our employees to spend the day with their families, Crow Mountain Orchard salesroom will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will reopen on Friday, November 28 at 8:00 am. We wish all our customers, family, and neighbors a Happy Thanksgiving!

Farmers Market Booths Closed for Season

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY–We are closing our booths at the Scottsboro and Guntersville Farmers Markets. Due to the cold weather and slow sales, we will not be at the farmers markets tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 15 or the rest of the season.

THE CROW MOUNTAIN ORCHARD SALESROOM WILL REMAIN OPEN! The salesroom is open 7 days a week (except for Thanksgiving Day), 8:00 to 4:30.

Farmers Markets

Our booths at the farmers markets are closed for the season. The orchard salesroom is still open 7 days a week, 8:00 to 4:30.

SCOTTSBORO FARMERS MARKET

218 Bob Jones Road
Scottsboro, AL 35768

GUNTERSVILLE FARMERS MARKET

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

RAINSVILLE FARMERS MARKET (Closed for the 2014 season)

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

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.