Arkansas Black and King Lusk apples are ready! Arkansas Black are the hardest apples we grow and are great keepers. King Lusk are a great eating apple and should be tried by fans of the Jonagold. We don’t grow many of these varieties, so get them while you can.
It’s time to get your apples and cider for the Halloween and fall parties. When we were kids, Mom always made us caramel apples rolled in nuts using Jonathan apples. Make a great punch by heating some of our fresh apple cider with cinnamon sticks and float thin-sliced apples on top. How many of you remember dunking for apples?
Fuji and Granny Smith apples are ready! Fujis are a sweet, crisp eating apple similar to Galas. Everyone knows the green, tart, crisp Granny Smith apples that are wonderful for cooking and dehydrating. They hold their shape in pies and as fried apples.
Today we are packing the last bin of Muscadine grapes. If you don’t get to the orchard soon, count them as gone.
My favorite apple, the Pink Lady is now available at Crow Mountain Orchard. It is a beautiful, juicy, sweet-tart, eating apple that is one of the best keeping apples there is. Store it in the bag we sell them in, in a cold refrigerator and they will keep for months.
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.
Ginger Gold Apples
Laura Red Apples
Yellow and White Freestone Peaches
The farmers markets may not have all varieties and container size is limited.
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.
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.
Crow Mountain Orchard salesroom has just started getting in some Early Gold apples and a few nectarines.
Early Gold are always the first apples to get ripe in the season. They are a summer green apple, crisp and a bit tart. They can be used to cook with, but only take about half the time to cook as later apples. They always remind me of the big green apple tree that was in my grandparents’ yard in West Virginia when I was a kid. We have them in the salesroom in the following sizes:
1/2 peck $6
1 peck $9
1/2 bushel $16
Nectarines are very limited right now. We have them in the salesroom for $7.50 for a 2 quart box.
We have plenty of peaches right now–Red Haven semi-cling yellow peaches and whitefreestone peaches. In the salesroom we have them in the following sizes:
1 qt box $4
2 qt box $7
1/2 peck $9
1 peck $13
1/2 bushel $25
Sizes, varieties, and prices may vary at the farmers markets. For availability, please call the orchard salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00, 7 days a week, at 256-437-9254.
Fall fruit is in full swing at Crow Mountain Orchard! We currently have:
Fresh apple cider
Red and Gold Delicious
The salesroom is open 7 days a week, 8 to 5, at 6236 C.R. 39, Fackler, AL. Bring cash or a check–we don’t accept debit or credit cards. Call us during business hours if you have any questions at 256-437-9254.
We also sell at the following farmers markets. The ending hours may vary based on when we sell out of fruit. At some of the markets we almost always sell out early. We do not have all varieties at the markets due to limited space on the trucks.
ALBERTVILLE FARMERS MARKET
315 Sand Mountain Drive Albertville. AL
Thursdays, 3:00-6:00 pm
GUNTERSVILLE FARMERS MARKETRed
within Civitan Park along the lake 880 Sunset Drive
Guntersville, AL 35976
Tues & Sat, 7 am to 12 pm, Thurs 7 am to 11 am
JASPER, TN (MARION COUNTY)
2333 Main St., Jasper, TN
Fridays, 4 pm to 6 pm
RAINSVILLE FARMERS MARKET
In the park behind City Hall
70 McCurdy Ave N, Rainsville, AL
Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 pm
SCOTTSBORO FARMERS MARKET
218 Bob Jones Road Scottsboro, AL 35768
Wed, 7 am to 12 pm, Fri & Sat, 7 am to 11 am
SECTION FARMERS MARKET
73 Dutton Road, at City Hall Park, Section, AL
Friday, 2:00-5:00 pm
SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE FARMERS MARKET OF FRANKLIN COUNTY–WINCHESTER
Hwy 41 A (Dinah Shore Blvd.) at the site of the Old Franklin Co. High School in Winchester, Tennessee