What is available now? Fujis gone for season.

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.

Update:

  • PINK LADY APPLES are just starting to dribble in and sell as fast as we put them on the table. There will be more soon. Call before you go to the orchard for them.
  • FUJI APPLES are gone for the season. All we have left are the bags on the counter today.
  • GRANNY SMITH APPLES are gone for the season.

APPLE CIDER

1/2 gal                $4.00

1 gal                     $6.00

APPLES

  • PINK LADY APPLES are just starting to get ripe. There are a few bags packed at a time and are sold as soon as they are put on the table. The main crop will be picked soon. Call before you go to the orchard for Pink Ladies. I will post it when we have more available.
  • ARKANSAS BLACK APPLES (3 lb bags only)-the hardest apple you will every find! It is a dark red apple with a blackish tinge. They are good for eating and cooking. They keep extremely well in the refrigerator. We are almost done with them for the season.
  • 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.
  • MUTSU APPLES–large, green, crisp eating apples
  • 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

Fuji Apples in Short Supply

I was just warned that there won’t be as many Fujis as we anticipated. There was recently hail damage to about half the crop. It takes twice as long to grade and pack them. It is unlikely there will be any sold at the farmers markets. Please call the orchard before you go for Fujis since they may be temporarily sold out. There will be quite a few sold as second quality at a reduced price.

Scottsboro Farmers Market Days Change

Beginning immediately, Crow Mountain Orchard will be at our booth at the SCOTTSBORO FARMERS MARKET on Fridays and Saturdays ONLY. As usual, Chuck will be there from about 7 am to 1 pm.

We will continue to be at the GUNTERSVILLE FARMERS MARKET on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

We will also continue to be at the RAINSVILLE FARMERS MARKET on Thursday evening 4:00 to 7:00 as long as the market is open this season.

Farmers Markets

SCOTTSBORO FARMERS MARKET

218 Bob Jones Road
Scottsboro, AL 35768

Our normal hours at Scottsboro is 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays only.

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.

RAINSVILLE FARMERS MARKET (Closed for the 2014 season)

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

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.