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Apples

Apple Image Apples are not easy to grow in our climate so only a few local commercial orchards exist. Last year, the experts advised us to let our 600 trees “rest” so the trees could put their energy into growing stronger. The summer of 2016 was our first open season ever for Pick Your Own Apples! We grow 20 different varieties of apples that are a carefully selected assortment of the best heritage and commercial varieties available for our climate, including some not available elsewhere. In addition to commercial varieties like Gala, Fuji and Pink Lady, we grow heritage varieties, including two different varieties of Winesaps. Another heritage variety in our orchard is Roxbury Russet which originated with the Pilgrims in Massachusetts. Other heritage varieties include Grimes Golden, which is associated with Johnny Appleseed, and Albemarle Pippins. Pippins were grown by President Thomas Jefferson and President George Washington and are regarded as one the best apples in the world after they ripen in storage for several months.

       Apple picking (u-pick) is available at the begining on the seasons. We offer both u-pick and pre-picked.
       Click here for the apple variety arrival and picking times


Peaches

Apple Image We grow seven varieties of peaches that ripen over a long period of time. As a general rule, the early peaches are Clingstone. The Freestone peaches start with Redhaven, followed by Fireprince , Winblow, Contender and Flameprince. The early peaches like Rich May ripen at the start of the Pick Your Own Blackberry & Blueberry season, while variety like Winblo and Contender ripen later in the Blackberry & Blueberry season.

Peaches are not native to America, but originated in China and were introduced into America during the 17 century. NC ranks about 9th in peach production nationally with most of the crop sold locally at farm stands, and Pick Your Own Farms. Many popular commercial varieties of Peaches were developed at NC State including Winblo and Contender.



July Apple Picking

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  • Bevan's Favorite - Early-July - A mildly-sweet apple for eating or cooking. It originated in New Jersey around 1842 and was sold by Lindley Nursery of Greensboro, NC.
  • Pristine - Early-July - A sweet-tart apple that is best for eating or cooking. It originated in 1994 from the PRI apple breeding program and is considered to be the best Summer Apple available.
  • William's Pride - Early-July - A mildly-sweet apple for eating or cooking. It originated in 1988 from the PRI disease resistant apple breeding program.
  • Ginger Gold - Late-July - A sweet apple for eating or cooking. It originated in Lovingston, Virginia.
  • Redfree - Late-July - A sweet apple for eating, cooking or drying. It originated in 1981 from the PRI disease resistant apple breeding program.

August Apple Picking

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  • Buckeye Gala - Early-August - A sweet apple for eating or drying. Bred in Ohio, it is an improved version of the original Gala from New Zealand.
  • Stark Grand Gala - Early-August - A sweet apple for eating or drying. It is a larger version of the original Gala from New Zealand.
  • Ultima Gala - Early-August - A sweet apple for eating or drying. Bred in Washington State, it is an improved version of the original Gala from New Zealand.
  • Summer Banana - Mid-August - A sweet apple for eating or frying. It originated in South Carolina in the 1800s and was sold by Lindley Nursery of Greensboro, NC. When fully ripe it has the faint smell of banana.

September Apple Picking

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  • Crimson Crisp - Early-September -A sweet-tart apple that is best for eating or cooking. It originated in 2006 from the PRI disease resistant apple breeding program
  • Daybreak Fuji - Early-September - A sweet apple that is best for eating. The Daybreak variety originated in Pennsylvania and ripens several weeks ahead of the regular Fuji
  • Stayman Winesap - Mid-September - A mildly-tart apple for eating, cooking or cider. It originated in Leavenworth, Kansas around 1866 on Dr. Stayman’s farm as a Winesap seedling.
  • Grimes Golden - Mid-September - A sweet-spicy apple for eating, cooking, drying or cider. It originated in West Virginia in the 1800s and is associated with Johnny Appleseed.
  • Virginia Winesap - Mid-September - A tangy-sweet apple that is best for eating, cooking or cider. This version of Winesap originated in Troutville, Virginia around 1920.
  • Roxbury Russet - Late-September - A sweet-tart apple for eating, cooking or cider. Reported to be the Pilgrim’s Apple from Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1649.
  • Cameo - Late-September - A sweet apple that is best for eating or cooking. It originated in Washington State as a seedling of Red Delicious.
  • Fuji - Late-September - A sweet apple that is best for eating. It originated in Japan in the 1930s from combining of two American apples varieties: Red Delicious and Ralls Genet.
  • Virginia Gold - Late-September - A sweet-tart apple for eating, cooking or cider. It originated in 1976 from Virginia Tech.

October Apple Picking

  • Old-fashioned Winesap - Early-October - A tangy-sweet apple that is best for eating, cooking, cider or storage. It originated in New Jersey in the 1800s.
  • Albemarle Pippin - A sweet-tart apple for eating, cooking, cider or storage. G. Washington and T. Jefferson both grew this apple in Virginia where it was known as Albemarle Pippin. Flavor and sweetness improve after several months in storage.
  • Goldrush - Mid-October - A tart-sweet apple that is best for eating, cooking, cider or storage. It originated in 1993 from the PRI disease resistant apple breeding program. Flavor and sweetness improve after several months in storage.


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