You will notice that we do not charge any fees to come onto our property. The Hay Ride, Corn Maze, Fairy Village, and picnic area are all offered free of charge.
We encourage you to sample an apple or two in the field. We’d like you to get exactly the apple you want, but please sample sparingly. Too much of this is tough on our wallet and your digestive system!
Yes. We accept cash as well as local checks, major credit cards and EBT/SNAP and WIC Vouchers.
We feel that the way we operate is the best for our customers. You can use any bag or container you bring with you.. Make sure we weigh your containers first or you will be paying for that weight also. We also provide bags for free, but we encourage you to bring your own.
Please stop at the barn during the week to ask for directions. We have a list of apple varieties that we feel are ready for picking. We have the same varieties in each of the two orchards. Where you picked last week may be picked out this week, so be sure to check in each time you visit!
“You can pick any variety that you want except in restricted areas. You can pick as many pounds of apples that you want. You can mix the varieties in the same bag. All PYO apples are the same price. Stone fruits (peaches and nectarines) are priced differently so please do not mix them in with apples.
We do have maps in the salesroom that tell you what variety each row of trees has in it. We also mark the end of rows to make finding them easier.
We open as soon as the first apple is ready for picking. From that day on, we are open 9AMto 5PM, 7 days a week until the end of October or early November. On occasion we have had to close during the week to allow ripening. Check the website, our Face Book page, call or sign up for our newsletter.
Usually the last two weekends in September and the first two in October are the busiest weekends. On these weekends it is recommended that you get here early. On these busy weekends the line of cars waiting to get in and the line waiting to pay and leave can get long. You can always send the kids in to get fresh apple cider donuts and drinks while you wait!
If rain is predicted for one of the weekend days and the other day is predicted to be nice everyone comes on the nicer of the two days. We have families that come dressed in rain gear and boots on rainy days to pick apples.
On busy weekends we have cashiers by the road exit and in the barn salesroom. We are constantly thinking of ways to speed up the check-out process, so if you have any ideas please share them with us!
We offer many services for free (admission, parking, bags, hay rides, corn maze, etc.) Rather than charge you for every extra,we charge a bit more for our fruit.
No dogs are NOT allowed in the orchards BUT we have miles of trails you can hike. The orchards start at the entrance gate to each orchard. We are GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified which does not allow domesticated animals in the orchard.
We are considered a conventional orchard because we use synthetic pesticides. When you hear the word “organic” do you think “they do not spray pesticides”? While true for some orchards, there are organic pesticides out there that are used on various crops. We try to use organic pesticides when we feel that it is a better alternative. A pesticide is an insecticide, herbicide or fungicide.
The “House Field” Orchard is right next to our house. We raised two children in this house.We are very careful and concerned about what we spray on our apples. We are all in good health and we intend to stay that way. Pollinators (honey, native, bumble bees) are our friends and we do not want to cause any damage to the bees or other beneficials that share our orchards.
We practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. We set action thresholds, monitor and identify pests, prevention and control. FMI on IPM.
The whitish film you may find on some apples is called bloom and is not pesticide residue. It is made up of various natural yeasts and waxes. You should always shine your apple before eating.
Things to keep in mind.
Our busiest weekends are the last two weekends in September and the first two in October. But the weekend we start picking Honeycrisp (usually in September) is the busiest of all.
If you plan on coming on one of these weekends, come early!
Weather forecasts can also affect how many people come. Rain or a forecast of rain for one weekend day will keep most people away and they will instead come the weekend day that it is NOT forecast to rain.
We do NOT allow dogs in either of our two orchards BUT there are miles of trails that you are welcome to walk them on.
Bring your own bags! We supply bags at no additional cost if you forgot yours, please only take what you need.
If you bring your own container (box, crate, heavy canvas bag) make sure we weigh it first so we’re not charging you extra for the weight of the container!
There is plenty of parking in the orchards; you do not have to park out front! We discourage parking on Hanson Ridge Road.
Please ask for directions to the apples each time. Where you picked last week may have been picked out.
There are two orchards.
Weekends and Holidays
As you come up/down Hanson Ridge Road you will see an apple shaped sign “U-Pick Ahead”. Another 500 feet and you will see a larger apple shaped sign “U-Pick Parking”.
Please pull in and follow the parking attendant’s directions. If you are only going into the salesroom to purchase hand-picked fruit let the attendant know and they will have you park in that lot.
As you drive in you will be met by another employee at the “Y” intersection. They will direct you to the correct orchard depending on the variety you want to pick.
The House Field orchard is to the left and the Main Orchard is straight ahead.
Another employee will be at each orchard to direct you to the apple variety you want to pick. They will also have bags (no charge).
Do not park alongside any of our roads unless told to do so by one of our employees.
On your way out you can pay at the entrance (where you entered) or inside the barn (salesroom). You will be given a receipt to show that you paid.
The outside cashier does not stay until closing. A sign on your left as you drive out will direct you to pay in the barn. On slow days the outside cashier moves into the barn around 4:00pm or earlier.
Wagon rides pulled by a tractor only happen on weekends and holidays
Capt Jack’s Donut Shack is only open weekends and holidays
MOST IMPORTANTLYEnjoy your visit and don’t hesitate to ask our employees any questions that you may have!