Near the end for summer fruit

Fall is coming! We are coming to the end of peaches and grapes.  This may be the last weekend for them. There will be peaches available at the Farmers Markets this weekend, but only a small number of white peaches.

We continue to have Asian Pears, Pippin apples, Gala apples, and Ginger Gold apples. Honey Crisp are almost ready. I will post it when we have some.

We expect to have Jonathan apples any day within the next week or two. We usually start making cider in the middle of September.

 

August Fruit Update

Pippin Apples

The Indian Cling peaches and Early Gold apples are gone for the season.

Good news is that Pippin apples are ripe! Pippins are very large, green, ugly, tangy apples. Yep, that is true, but they are a favorite for many people who love them to cook with. They make great applesauce, apple butter, and pies. We also have customers who buy them for eating.

Pippin is one of the oldest original US varieties discovered in 1759 on Long Island. Thomas Jefferson grew it, and Benjamin Franklin shared it with the English royal court, causing it to become one of the first US apple exports to England. Dad loves the Pippin, and it has been in every orchard he and his family has planted since he was a young boy–and he is 88 now. Come to the orchard now to experience a true American heirloom apple.

We have only a few trees of Laura Red apples, so we have a small crop that won’t last long. I recommend that our Laura Red fans get them as soon as possible. Call the orchard at 256-437-9254 before you go.

Here is what is available at the orchard salesroom now.

  • Pippin Apples
  • Gala Apples
  • Ginger Gold Apples
  • Laura Red Apples
  • Asian Pears
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Yellow and White Freestone Peaches

The farmers markets may not have all varieties and container size is limited.

Gala Apples Getting Ripe!

Gala apples are just now starting to come in! Galas are one of the sweetest eating apples and are a favorite of families with children and people who prefer sweet instead of tart apples. The gala apples don’t last long.

We currently have:

  • yellow and white freestone peaches,
  • Asian pears,
  • seedless grapes,
  • Gala apples,
  • Early Gold apples,
  • Ginger Gold apples,
  • Buckingham apples, and
  • Indian Cling peaches.

As always, call the salesroom for availability. 256-437-9254

Indian Cling Peaches Available!

Indian Cling peaches

Indian Cling peaches are in. These are the red-fleshed peaches people have historically used to pickle. The flesh is firm and holds it shape. They look beautiful in the jar.

We have very limited quantities. I would call the salesroom before you come.

We also have yellow and white freestone peaches, Asian pears, Ginger Gold apples, pears, and seedless grapes. We are open 7 days a week, 8-5. Our phone number is 256-437-9254.

 

Asian Pears Are Ripe!

Asian Pears

The pickers brought in the first Asian pears of the season today! We’ll start with limited quantities, so call the orchard before you go. 256-437-9254. Our salesroom is open 7 days a week, 8 to 5.

We also have freestone white and yellow peaches, seedless grapes, pears, and Early Gold apples. A few Ginger Gold apples are starting to become available.

Nectarines Gone for the Season

The good news is we still have freestone peaches, seedless grapes, Early Gold (June) apples, and pears. The bad news is that the nectarines are finished for the season.

Seedless Grapes

The sale for 1/2 bushel boxes of #2 peaches is over. The price for a 1/2 bushel box of #2 quality (smaller or blemished) is $15.00. #1 quality is $25.00 for 1/2 bushel, $4.00 for 1 quart, $7 for 2 quarts, $9.00 for 1/2 peck, and $13.00 for a peck.

Plenty of Peaches at the Orchard!

There is a severe shortage of peaches in the Southeast this year due to a freeze–BUT NOT AT CROW MOUNTAIN ORCHARDS! You can still get a deal on #2 quality peaches (smaller, blemished)–two 1/2 bushel boxes for $25! If you prefer #1 quality, we have plenty of those too. Come by the orchard salesroom this weekend for the best peaches of the season. We also have Early Gold apples, limited supply of nectarines, and seedless grapes. We are at the Guntersville, Scottsboro, and Winchester farmers markets this morning–until we run out of fruit.