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?
3. Will you ship fruit to me?
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.
49 thoughts on “FAQs”
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.
Are we allowed to pick the Apples?
Hello, Katy. We are do not have “pick you own” fruit. Our apples are only sold in the sales room.
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.
Do you have any fruit that is free of pesticides?
Carolyn, our fruit has been grown using the minimal amount of chemicals required to keep the trees and fruit healthy.
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.
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!
How much is a case of peaches.
2 qt 7.00
½ peck 8.50
1 peck 12.50
1/2 bushel 22.00
how much for a 1/2 bushel of apples
A 1/2 bushel bag of #1 quality apples is $14.00 as of this date, September 9, 2015.
Do you allow photographers to have seasonal session at your orchard?
No, I am sorry Angie, but Dad no longer allows photographers to use the orchard.
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.
Shirley, will there be any muscadines this year?
As far as I know, Diane. I will check with my dad and let you know if there are any problems with the muscadines.
Witch farmers market can I purchase the mutsu apples?does guntersville or albertville one have them?
Yes, we are taking Mutsus to the farmers markets and have them unless they sell out early.
When do you expect to have the “freestone” peaches?
The freestone peaches get ripe within a week or so after the Fourth of July.
Thank you so much for your response.
Will you be open July 4
No, we are closed on July 4th. Each year the only days we close during fruit season is July 4th and Thanksgiving Day.
I have a daughter who will be marrying in September, 2020. We are looking into wedding favors that are locally produced and was considering honey. When I googled for honey businesses, Crow Mountain popped up. We buy apples, cider and other fruits from you multiple times each year. And I don’t recall ever seeing honey. Do you sale and package honey?
Sorry, but we do not sell honey.
Do you sale fried pies at the Orchard?
No, we don’t.
Do you have dried fruit there.?
No, only fresh fruit.
We love your products and buy them when available. We need to know if or when your Indian peaches will be ready. I am going to pickle some. I hope you have them.
We should have some in a week or two. Indian Cling are the last variety to ripen. There will be limited quantities. I recommend you check with the salesroom every few days, and they can put some back for you. 256-437-9254.
Will you have the truck at Scottsboro or Guntersville on Saturday9/05/20?
We will be in Scottsboro at Park and Broad Streets and Guntersville on Saturday from about 7:30 to 11 or until we sell out. We are at Scottsboro, Guntersville, and Winchester on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Are the Fuji apples ready yet?
Yes, we have Fuji apples right now.
Do you have Pink Lady’s available yet?
Not yet. It may be a couple of weeks.
When will you have yellow freestone peaches at the Rainsville Farmers Market?
We should have some freestones in Rainsville on Thursday. To confirm, I recommend you call the salesroom Thursday morning. 256-437-9254.
we are going to be looking for apples to make apple butter. Could you please let me know the price of your apples? I would need about a bushel. It must be a thrill to walk out and see the orchard of apples! We live in Mississippi, but will make the trip to your area. Thank you very much. Kathryn Gates
We have just started getting our earliest variety, Early Gold. The majority of our varieties start getting ripe in late August and September through November. I am unsure what the prices will be for our apples later this year. My dad hasn’t set them yet. Please call the salesroom for current varieties and prices. Thanks! 256-467-9254.
Do you still go to the Farmer’s Market in Albertville? If so, what days are you there? Thanks, Sarah
Sorry, Sarah, but we no longer sell at the Albertville market.