FAQs

1.  Do you have “Pick your own?”

No, our fruit is picked and packed to insure that our customers receive high quality fruit.

2.  Do you sell fruit (or apple) trees?

No.

3.  Will you ship fruit to me?

No.

4.  Where does your fruit come from?

Crow Mountain Orchard grows everything it sells.

5.  How many acres of orchard to you have.

About 150 acres are planted in orchard.

6.  What does #2 quality mean?

We grade our fruit according to industry and government standards.  Fruit with surface damage, bruised, ripeness, or small size are sold at a lower price as #2 quality.  Many of our customers take advantage of the lower prices, particularly for fruit they plan to prepare for preservation such as canning or drying.

7.  Do you give tours of the orchard?

No. Unfortunately, we do not have the time or manpower to offer tours.

8.  May my family and I walk out in the orchard?

No.  We have heavy equipment operating in the orchard that is dangerous.  Unfortunately, we have also had our fruit and trees damaged by visitors.  Please do not walk or drive beyond the parking lot and driveway.

9.  Do you charge sales tax?

No.  That is a significant savings for our customers.  Because we only sell products that we produce on the orchard, we are exempted by Alabama state law from having to collect sales taxes.

10.  Why don’t you accept credit cards and debit cards?

We decided that we prefer to keep our prices lower for our customers.  If our costs go up, our prices rise and you pay more. There is a cost to accepting credit and debit cards.

11.  I have a few fruit trees.  Can I buy a small amount of pesticide (or other spray material) from you?

No.  It is not legal for us to sell such products.

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29 responses to “FAQs

  1. do you still have any cherries left or are they already gone? and what about grapes….you had the best grapes I’ve ever eaten and would love to have more of them……thank you so much…..love your fruit….and it’s a beautiful drive.

    • Kathy, thank you for the very nice feedback. We are glad you enjoy our fruit.

      The cherries are gone for this season. The grapes aren’t ripe yet, but like other fruit, may be early this year. I will post the grapes as soon as they start getting ripe. I love them, too! When my daughter was young, we would wash them and freeze them whole which she ate like bite-size popsicles.

  2. Are we allowed to pick the Apples?

  3. We have seen on the news that state apples are in short supply, how are yours this year?

    • Bill, we have had a good crop this year. Most varieties ripened earlier than normal because of the warm spring, and some varieties were smaller than normal. Overall, it has been a decent year–no hail, no freeze, and not a serious drought. One reason there are reports that the apple crop is smaller than normal is because of the early bloom. In some areas the crop was damaged by a freeze.

  4. Do you have any fruit that is free of pesticides?

  5. Do you use pesticide on your fruit?
    Or is it organic?

    • Our fruit is not raised chemical free. Dad uses as little as he can (chemicals are extremely expensive), but find them necessary for the health of the trees as well as for quality fruit. I live in North Carolina and have planted several fruit trees in my yard and attempted to grow organic peaches and apples. I am losing two trees to blight, and the fruit was inedible last year so I just fed it to the chickens. This year I sprayed and ended up with some nice fruit.

  6. Shirley, did you try using an organic spray on your fruit trees? We have some trees on our property but have never sprayed them. We get some ugly apples that are good to eat, dry and cook with but I am sure couldn’t be sold commercially. I give them to friends who laugh at how ugly they are but still enjoy them. I am just now discovering your website and am so excited to find it! Where do you live in NC? WE have friends in Aheville and love the state!
    I write a food column in a local newspaper in Scottsboro and want to feature some of the recipes as support and advertisement for the orchard. CAn’t tell you how much we love the fruit. Would love it if they could get an organic line started. I am grateful your dad uses minimal amounts of spray.

    • I am about 80 miles east of Asheville. I use some organic methods on my home trees, but found that some of the many diseases, insects, and fungus that have killed two of my trees are only controllable using more aggressive methods. Apples, pears, and peaches are difficult to grow. I have found in my home garden that blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, elderberries, and figs grow well without added chemicals. When we lived in Arizona, we found citrus also are easy to grow organically. I still eat and preserve a lot of apples, pears and peaches and will continue to do so. My dad is 84 and still working 7 days a week, 12 months a year with no health problems. Maybe the old axiom of an apple a day really works!

  7. How much is a case of peaches.

  8. how much for a 1/2 bushel of apples

  9. Do you allow photographers to have seasonal session at your orchard?

  10. Teresa Brock

    When is your produce ready to buy?I am looking to buy bulk tomatoes, watermelon or whatever you sell in bulk. Could you please let me know what is offered in bulk?

    • Teresa, we will open in early June. Here is a link to our Fruit Calendar page that lists the fruit we grow and sell and the approximate dates when they get ripe. https://crowmountainorchard.com/fruit-calendar/ We do not grow tomatoes or watermelon. We sell most of our fruit in sizes from 1 or 2 quart containers and 3 lb bags (apples) up to half bushels depending on the type of fruit.

  11. Shirley, will there be any muscadines this year?

  12. Witch farmers market can I purchase the mutsu apples?does guntersville or albertville one have them?

  13. When do you expect to have the “freestone” peaches?

  14. Will you be open July 4

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