Fujis and Granny Smiths almost gone!

We just packed our last bags of Granny Smith and Fuji apples for this season. Please call the salesroom before you go for those varieties. 256-437-9254.

We still have a great selection of good apples and fresh-made apple cider.

  • Pink Lady
  • Winesap
  • Rome
  • Golden Delicious
  • Red Delicious
  • Jonathan

 

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Farmers Market Update for November 2018

Robert Deutscher, owner

Scottsboro

Crow Mountain Orchard is continuing to sell fruit in Scottsboro at the corner of Parks and Broad across from CVS. We are there on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:00-12:00 until further notice.

Winchester

WINCHESTER–SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE FARMERS MARKET OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
Hwy 41 A (Dinah Shore Blvd.) at the site of the Old Franklin Co. High School in Winchester, TN
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 7:00 am-12:00 until further notice

Guntersville–Last Week!

GUNTERSVILLE FARMERS MARKET
within Civitan Park along the lake
880 Sunset Drive, Guntersville, AL Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 7:00 am-12:00 Saturday.

November 10 will be our last day this season at Guntersville.

 

 

Fall Hours in Effect–8:00 to 4:00

In November when the time changes, we close the salesroom at 4:00 pm. This allows you to get up the mountain and return home safe before it is dark.

Now is a great time to get your fresh-made cider which we press several times a week and choose from a wide variety of apples.

  • Pink Lady
  • Granny Smith
  • Fuji
  • Winesap
  • Rome
  • Jonathan
  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious
  • Arkansas Black, King Lusk, and McIntosh are available in 3 lb bags only.

How to ripen and store fresh peaches

A common question from customers is how to keep their peaches. I took home a half bushel of peaches for me and my husband, and am 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 or freeze 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.

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.