What’s Available Now–Oct 3, 2018

Mutsu apples

Canning pears are gone for the season. Hurry and get your Asian pears as we are almost out of those as well. We currently have Mutsu, Rome, Red Delicious, Gold delicious, McIntosh, Jonagold and Jonathan apples. We also have Muscadines and our delicious apple cider. 😋

We always recommend you call the salesroom for availability before you come between 8:00-5:00, 7 days a week. 256-437-9254.

Muscadine Grapes–bronze and dark purple

Bronze Muscadine

Muscadine Grapes are native to the Southeastern United States. Because of their thick and strong skin, they are well adapted to hot and humid climates where other types of grapes don’t prosper. Muscadines are a local favorite for making wine, jam, and jellies. These grapes are noted for their high nutritional value.

Fresh Apple Cider

We make cider fresh several times a week from apples we grow here using my Dad’s secret blend of apples. No sugar or flavors added. Many customers buy extra jugs of cider to freeze. Just poor off some out of each jug to allow for freezing expansion. For parties and holidays, serve it warm in a punch bowl with cinnamon sticks and thinly-sliced apples floating on top. People will be convinced it is a special punch recipe.

Gold Delicious Trees

Apples

  • Gold Delicious–These are favorite apple for many customers. Crisp, sweet, and good for eating or cooking.
  • Red Delicious–crisp, sweet eating apple
  • Jonagold–a crisp, flavorful eating apple. Try these if you like Honey Crisp. One of my favorites.
  • Jonathan–a medium size red apple great for eating, making caramel apples, and cooking. Jonathans are my favorite for fried apples and pies because they hold their shape so well. My mother never used anything other than Jonathans for her wonderful applesauce.
  • McIntosh Apples–a white-fleshed eating and cooking apple. Great in apple cake.
  • Mutsu Apples–large, crisp eating apple yellow green like a Golden Delicious.
  • Rome Apples–great apple for baking whole

Asian Pears–almost gone!

Crisp and flavorful, best for eating and adding to fruit salads or topping for green salads.

 

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What’s Available Now–Sept 22, 2018

Red Delicious fresh picked in a field bin.

We have some great apples and cider! We always recommend you call the salesroom for availability before you come between 8:00-5:00, 7 days a week. 256-437-9254.

Muscadine Grapes–bronze and dark purple

Muscadine Grapes are native to the Southeastern United States. Because of their thick and strong skin, they are well adapted to hot and humid climates where other types of grapes don’t prosper. Muscadines are a local favorite for making wine, jam, and jellies. These grapes are noted for their high nutritional value.

Fresh Apple Cider

We make cider fresh several times a week from apples we grow here using my Dad’s secret blend of apples. No sugar or flavors added. Many customers buy extra jugs of cider to freeze. Just poor off some out of each jug to allow for freezing expansion. For parties and holidays, serve it warm in a punch bowl with cinnamon sticks and thinly-sliced apples floating on top. People will be convinced it is a special punch recipe.

Apples

  • Gold Delicious–Just starting to get ripe. These are favorite apple for many customers. Crisp, sweet, and good for eating or cooking.
  • Red Delicious–crisp, sweet eating apple
  • Jonagold–a crisp, flavorful eating apple. Try these if you like Honey Crisp. One of my favorites.
  • Jonathan–a medium size red apple great for eating, making caramel apples, and cooking. Jonathans are my favorite for fried apples and pies because they hold their shape so well. My mother never used anything other than Jonathans for her wonderful applesauce.
  • Gala–almost gone. Call before you go for Galas.
  • McIntosh Apples–a white-fleshed eating and cooking apple. Great in apple cake.

Spartlett Pears

Only a few boxes left. These are the last pears for the season. Call before you go for pears.

Asian Pears

Crisp and flavorful, best for eating and adding to fruit salads or topping for green salads.

Coming any day:

Mutsu Apples

 

What’s Available Now? Great Fall Apples and Cider!!

Apples just picked

Don’t wait to come to the orchard or one of the farmers markets to get your fall apples. The varieties come and go quickly.

This is what we currently have available in the orchard salesroom. Varieties available at the farmers markets may vary.

Fresh Apple Cider

Fresh apple cider–made at the orchard every couple of days

Apple Varieties (We have limited quantities of several varieties due to smaller crops than usual. We also may sell out of a variety for the day.  Please call the orchard to insure the variety you want is available before you come. 256-437-9254)

  • Pink Lady
  • Granny Smith
  • Mutsu
  • Rome
  • Arkansas Black
  • Winesap
  • Jonagold
  • Jonathan
  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious
  • McIntosh (almost gone for the season)

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.

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.