Indian Cling Peaches Ripe–Nectarines Gone

Nectarines are gone for the season.

Indian Cling Peaches–the “pickling peach”

The red-flesh Indian Cling peaches are ripe. We have a small crop of them, so we won’t have them for very long. Indian cling are known as the pickling peach, are firm, fit nicely into canning jars, and have a pretty red flesh. They are not freestone and stick to the seed. I don’t know if any will be packed for the farmers markets. Please call the orchard salesroom for availability. 256-437-9254

We still have yellow and white freestone peaches, Asian Pears, purple seedless grapes, and several varieties of apples. Honey Crisp apples are very limited. Call the orchard before you come.

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What’s Available–8/6/2018?

Orchard owner, Bob Deutscher, packing peaches

Summer fruit is great right now. Get it while you can. This is what we have this week. To check on availability before you make a trip to the orchard, call the salesroom between 8:00 and 5:00 at 256-437-9254.

  • APPLES
    • Honey Crisp Apples–we have a few 3 lb bags of Honey Crisp today. It will be a couple of days before the pickers can get more. Call the salesroom for availability.
    • Ginger Gold Apples
    • Molly Delicious Apples
  • PEACHES
    White Peaches
    • Yellow, freestone peaches
    • Georgia Bell and other varieties of white, freestone peaches
  • Purple seedless GRAPES–red and green grapes are done for the season
  • ASIAN PEARS
  • NECTARINESWe are at the end of the nectarines, so call before you go to the orchard. We could run out at any time.

What’s Available Now–August 2, 2018!

Elli Anna and Ty, customer’s children

This is a great time to visit the orchard for summer fruit. Everything is at its peak. Some days we sell out of an item, so call the orchard salesroom before you come. 256-437-9254. We are open seven days a week, 8:00 to 5:00.

This is what we have this week.

  • Plenty of sweet yellow freestone peaches
  • White Peaches

    A good supply of the more delicate white freestone peaches that have an almost floral hint of flavor

  • Asian Pears

    Juicy nectarines

  • Crisp Asian pears
  • Purple, pink, and green seedless grapes. These have much more flavor than grapes from the store.
  • Buckingham apples just started getting picked this week. They are a firm, crisp green eating apple with a red blush.
  • Early Gold apples are good for applesauce or fried apples. I cook these half the amount of time as the later varieties.

We will soon start picking Gala apples and some other varieties, so watch for our posts.

We are currently going to these farmers markets. We often sell out, so come early!

Scottsboro: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7 am to noon

Winchester: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 am to noon

Guntersville: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 am to noon

Rainesville: Thurdays, 4:00-6:00 pm

Fort Payne, by train depot close to park, Chamber of Commerce market: Monday afternoons.

Jonagold Apples are ripe!

Jonagold apples are one of my favorite eating apples. They are crisp, juicy, and favored by people who like Honey Crisp. The Honey Crisp are all gone, but the Jonagold are a great apple.

We usually start making cider in mid-September when the fall apples get ripe. I will post it as soon as we have some.

Here is what we have at the orchard right now.

A skillet of fried Jonathan apples. Serve on vanilla ice cream, pancakes, or stuff them in a flour tortilla and saute until browned and crisp!
  • Canning pears
  • small, sweet, eating pears
  • Asian pears
  • White peaches
  • Jonagold apples
  • Gala apples
  • Pippin apples
  • Laura Red apples
  • Jonathan apples
  • McIntosh apples

The farmers markets may not have all varieties and container size is limited. To learn what is available at the orchard before you come, please call the salesroom  8:00 to 5:00 at 256-437-9254.

August Fruit Update

Pippin Apples

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.

  • Pippin Apples
  • Gala Apples
  • Ginger Gold Apples
  • Laura Red Apples
  • Asian Pears
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Yellow and White Freestone Peaches

The farmers markets may not have all varieties and container size is limited.

Time for Apples and Cider!

Apples just picked
Apples just picked

Fall fruit is in full swing at Crow Mountain Orchard! We currently have:

  • Fresh apple cider
  • Muscadine Grapes
  • Asian Pears
  • Mutsu
  • Jonagold
  • Red and Gold Delicious
  • Jonathan.

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.

Guntersville Farmers MarketWe 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
Tues, 7 am to 12 pm; Thurs & Sat, 7 am to 11 am

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