Category Archives: Pears

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.

Seedless Grapes Are Ripe!

Seedless Grapes

Seedless grapes are here!! We are just now spot picking. I would call before you make the trip to the orchard as we only have a limited quantity right now. Currently, white and yellow freestone peaches, early gold apples, nectarines and green pears are available.

Fresh Apple Cider Available!

fall-display-at-winchesterCrow Mountain Orchard apple cider is made 100% from our own apples and is pressed right here at the orchard using special blend of apples using my dad’s secret recipe. We never add any sugar. The cider is pasteurized using the latest technology to preserve the fresh apple taste.

For many years I have served cider at fall parties and get-togethers as a warm punch. Your guests will believe you have gone to much trouble and ask for your “recipe”. I just heat a gallon of cider on the stove with a few cinnamon sticks, pour into a punch bowl including the cinnamon, and add some thin-sliced apples to float on the top. An alternative is to add a bit of seltzer or club soda to chilled cider. This was always my daughter’s favorite.

Not every variety or container size of our fruit is available at the farmers markets due to limited space on the trucks. For a full selection we encourage you to visit the orchard salesroom from 8 to 5, seven days a week.

Fruit currently available at Crow Mountain Orchard: (Please call the salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00 to check on availability of your favorite fruit before you make a long trip. 256-437-9254.)

  • Apple Cider
  • Red Delicious Apples
  • Gold Delicious Apples
  • Jonagold Apples
  • Jonathan Apples
  • Pippin Apples
  • McIntosh Apples (currently limited while we wait for more to ripen)
  • Asian Pears
  • Muscadine Grapes
  • Spartlett Pears

 

 

Mutsu Apples Starting to Get Ripe!

Apples just picked

Apples just picked

Mutsu apples have just started getting picked. We currently have a limited number in the orchard salesroom, so call before you come for them between 8:00-5:00, 256-437-9254.

Red and Gold Delicious and Jonagold apples are  customer favorites. This is the very best time to buy them. They are wonderful eating apples. Gold Delicious and Jonagold can be used for cooking. Several customers who do not cook with sugar use the Gold Delicious for cooking since they are naturally sweet.

If you have not tried the Jonagold, I recommend it to anyone who loves the Honeycrisp apples. They are crisp and have a similar sweet/tart flavor.

We hope to have fresh cider in one to two weeks.

Please call the salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00 to check on availability of your favorite fruit before you make a long trip. 256-437-9254.

Not all varieties or sizes are available at the farmers markets.

Fruit currently available at Crow Mountain Orchard:

  • Mutsu Apples (limited quantities–call before you go)
  • Red Delicious Apples
  • Gold Delicious Apples
  • Jonagold Apples
  • Jonathan Apples
  • Pippin Apples
  • McIntosh Apples (currently out of stock while we wait for more to ripen)
  • Asian Pears
  • Muscadine Grapes
  • Seedless Grape (almost gone for the season)
  • Spartlett Pears
Pears on dehydrator tray

Pears on dehydrator tray

If you dehydrate fruit, make sure you try drying the Spartlett pears. Dried pears have a more intense pear taste and sweetness that makes them great for a healthy snack. My favorite use for them is to add them to oatmeal which naturally sweetens it.

 

 

Red and Gold Delicious and Jonagold Apples Available!

Gold Delicious Trees

Gold Delicious Trees

Red and Gold Delicious and Jonagold apples are  customer favorites. This is the very best time to buy them. They are wonderful eating apples. Gold Delicious and Jonagold can be used for cooking. Several customers who do not cook with sugar use the Gold Delicious for cooking since they are naturally sweet.

If you have not tried the Jonagold, I recommend it to anyone who loves the Honeycrisp apples. They are crisp and have a similar sweet/tart flavor.

We hope to have fresh cider in one to two weeks.

Fruit currently available at Crow Mountain Orchard: (Please call the salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00 to check on availability of your favorite fruit before you make a long trip. 256-437-9254.)

  • Red Delicious Apples
  • Gold Delicious Apples
  • Jonagold Apples
  • Jonathan Apples
  • Pippin Apples
  • McIntosh Apples (currently limited while we wait for more to ripen)
  • Asian Pears
  • Muscadine Grapes
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Spartlett Pears
Pears on dehydrator tray

Pears on dehydrator tray

If you dehydrate fruit, make sure you try drying the Spartlett pears. Dried pears have a more intense pear taste and sweetness that makes them great for a healthy snack. My favorite use for them is to add them to oatmeal which naturally sweetens it.

 

 

Dehydrating Apples and Pears

Canned tomato sauce

Canned tomato sauce, peaches, etc.

Dehydrated Food

Dehydrated Food

 

 

 

 

 

I like to preserve fruits and vegetables while they are in season, plentiful, nutritious, and a good value.  We can, dehydrate, and freeze food from our large garden and fruit I get from Crow Mountain Orchard.

Dried Pink Lady ApplesMy favorite way to store apples and pears is to dry them in my Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator.  I also dry peaches and berries.  They taste good as a snack, are healthy, and can be used for cooking.

 

Fried Apples

Fried Apples

I use them to make a skillet of fried apples, fried pies, and pie with no problem. They taste as good as fresh. My favorite way to use dried pears is mixed in with oatmeal or cereal. It tastes great and naturally sweetens the oatmeal.

 

Pears and lemon juice

Pears and lemon juice

When I dry apples and pears, I usually peel them and slice them fairly thin.  For the apples, I use a hand-cranked peeler/slicer.  I use apples that are medium size and firm. Large apples don’t fit well in the peeler.  Very ripe or softer apples don’t slice or peel well and get kind of mushy.  Most varieties of apples dry well.

Sliced Pears on Dehydrator Tray

Sliced Pears on Dehydrator Tray

After the fruit is sliced, I spray it with lemon juice or put it in a bowl with some water and lemon juice or Fresh Fruit to keep it from turning brown in the dehydrator.  I do not add sugar or salt to fruit when I dry it.

Dry it until the fruit is crisp.  If it is not dry enough, it may mold in storage and could be dangerous to eat.  If you bend a dried slice and it breaks in half, it is dry enough.

I store my dehydrated food in canning jars with a desiccant packet, and vacuum seal the jars using a FoodSaver.  There are many ways to store the dried fruit, but make sure it is protected from moisture and insects.