The 2017 Harvest is approaching.

The market will be opening for the season Wednesday August the 23 with my first apples ripening. A good crop of Ginger Gold will be picked and ready to eat. That incredible taste and texture is ideal when you wait till that yellow tinge appears. It is not a green apple.
It’s great for snacking, don’t underestimate its versatility for award winning county fair pies and alone or in combination with our Rambo and or our Zeastar it makes a tasty homemade sauce. The Rambo and Zeastar will also be available when I open.

There will be a very limited amount of peaches available when the market opens.

Pease be aware there may be a detour, for bridge rehab, coming from the East on Route 50 near the village of Cecil. The detour is straight forward however the work has been delayed since June so it’s certainly not a given till the signs go up.

No……those are not grapes you see along the road adjacent to the mail pouch barn. The little trees are my latest apple planting. The trees are 4′ apart in the rows and 13′ between rows. This is my closest planting to date. You’ll see a few apples hanging here and there but the real production should start next season. Crazy right. The new varieties , (maybe you’ll discover one you like even better than the HoneyCrisp I’ll get into new varieties later and give you a little description of each one. There are also some varieties in that block I’m sure you will recognize.
The horticultural skills for managing this radically different planting are simple in concept so ask when you’re in to the market. I’d be happy the explain the ins and outs of the tall spindle.

The market hours this year will be tweaked so please make a note. The week day hours will change as well as the weekend hours.
Monday – closed, this will extend the entire season
Tuesday – 10 till 6
Wednesday – 10 till 6
Thursday – 10 till 6
Friday – 10 till 6
Saturday/Sunday – 9 till 7

November 1st the hours will change!!! I will close each day at 5:00 till I close for the season tenitivly Dec 17 but I’ll keep you all posted to any changes to those dates and hours as the season progresses.

CIDER will be available in early September as soon as I’m happy with the quality so stay posted and I’ll let you know when it truly is “The Best Darn Cider”

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We’re open for the season…and there’s Cider!

DECEMBER 7 – Sales have continued to be brisk since Thanksgiving. Here are the varieties that we still have in the market: Honey Crisp(very limited quantity) PINK LADY, GOLD RUSH, GOLDEN DELICIOUS, NITTANY, CRIMSON CRISP, JONAGOLD, MUTSU, and STAYMEN WINESAP. We still have fresh cider.  Just a reminder that our last day of the season is SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18.

OUR BEST WISHES FOR A BOUNTIFUL, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We will be closed for the day so we can celebrate and relax with our families. We’ll be opened once again on Friday, November 25 as per our regular hours, 10a.m. Til 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday, closed Monday’s.

OUR LAST DAY OF THE 2016 season will be

Sunday, December 18. We aim to have cider as close to close as we can. 

Apple Update- We have just run out of Fuji, Empire and McIntosh. 

NOVEMBER 5 APPLE UPDATE – Granny Smith, Gold Rush, Pink Lady and Fuji are now available in the market in addition to the lists below. Cortland and Jonathan are done for this season. And of course, we still have fresh cider.

**** Our hours will be changing as of NOVEMBER 1 – WE’LL BE OPEN 10a.m. til 5p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays.*****

OCTOBER 22 APPLE UPDATE – The following varieties are now available in addition to the list below:  Nittany, Melrose, Mutsu, Stayman/Winesap, Northern Spy, Ida Red, Rome and York.  We have limited quantities of some of these varieties.

OCTOBER 12 APPLE UPDATE – Somehow Red Delicious was left off the list for the weekend – they are available.  So right now you’ll find Golden and Red Delicious, Macoun, Honey Crisp, Crimson Crisp, Cortland, Gala, McIntosh, Empire, Jonagold, Fuji, Jonathan.  The following are done – Jonamac, Zestar and Golden Supreme.

OCTOBER 8 APPLE UPDATE – Apple pie anyone? In addition to Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonagold and Macouns (a wonderful eating apple related to the Honey Crisp) are in the Market this weekend.  Could the Crimson Crisp be the “new” Honey Crisp??  It’s turning into a runaway favorite of  customers who are introduced to it.  Come in and see what all the fuss is about! Early Fuji and Ginger Gold are finished for the season.

A little note for all the Honey Crisp fans….we still have a good supply, but demand has been very strong, so there’s a possibility we may run out before we close for the season.  Watch this space and we’ll let you know their status in the coming weeks…

APPLE UPDATE – October 5 – Golden Delicious are in the market!  And we’ve got a wonderful eating apple, Crimson Crisp.  If you like a hard sweet/tart eating apple, this could become your new favorite!

It was a busy weekend during the Apple Festival. Early Fuji, Jonamac, Cortland, Ginger Gold and Jonathan, Golden Supreme are nearly all gone….Still a good supply of Honey Crisp, Autumn Crisp, Zestar! Gala, McIntosh, Crimson Crisp. We expect the Empire, Red Delicious Macoun and Jonagold to be ready by the weekend. Watch this space.

Apple update – September 21- Rambo are done but we’ve now got Autumn Crisp (similar to Honey Crisp but a wee bit more tart), Early Fuji, Jonamac, and Cortland as well as those varieties below. Cider is available in half and full gallons. So come on in and see us and get baking, crunching and sipping! And yes, we’ll be opened Apple Festival weekend (Oct 1 and 2) our regular weekend hours, 10-5.

More Apple Varieties added…MCINTOSH and a limited supply of Autumn Crisp in addition to HONEYCRISP, GINGER GOLD, GALA, JONATHAN, ZESTAR!, GOLDEN SUPREME and RAMBO. And Cider is available while supplies last.

******PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW HOURS – Closed Mondays, Tues thru Friday – 11-7 , Sat and Sun -10-5

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The 2016 season starts Aug 25 at 11 a.m.

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE MARKET THIS WEEK…We’ve got Gala, Jonathan…..and for all you HONEYCRISP fans….they’re ready!!!!

APPLE VARIETY UPDATE: GINGER GOLD, RAMBO, GOLDEN SUPREME (a sweet eating variety with some Golden Delicious undertones), and possibly ZESTAR! (a sweet/tart eating apple) for opening on  Aug. 25.  Gala should be ready next week.  Hope to see you in the market soon!


SOME IMPORTANT NEWS….We will be changing our hours a little bit this year.  We’re hoping it makes it easier for those of you who want to come after work or later in the day.  Please let us know your thoughts. 



TUESDAY to FRIDAY – 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY – 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

We look forward to welcoming both “old and new” customers.  We will definitely have Ginger Gold and a couple of other varieties may also be ready and will update the site as soon as we can.  Ripeness is key and patience is a virtue!

We will not have fresh cider for opening.  Stay tuned on cider availability.

You can reach us at 724-356-7960.

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Market Opened Weekends in March

The Market will be opened Saturday’s and Sunday’s in March from 10a.m. until 5p.m. starting the weekend of March 5.

Gold Rush, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Empire are available.

If you pre-ordered apples at the end of the season in December, you’ll be receiving a reminder call from us to pick up your apples.

Come out and stock up on some apples; they’re in great shape for both eating and cooking. Did anyone say fresh apple pie (or crisp or dumplings or cake….) in spring??!

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We’re closed for the season ’til March 2016

Thank you to all of our valued customers for supporting our business in 2015.  

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Health, Joy and Prosperity in the New Year!

We will be opened weekends in March.  Watch this space for more details. Those of you who have pre-ordered apples will hear from us in March when your apples are ready for pick-up. 

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Order Apples. We’ll store them til March!

Due to a great crop, we’re trying something new this winter.  We’ve got a good supply of some stellar “keepers” so this is a great opportunity for our customers to enjoy our apples in the heart of winter without the storage conundrum.

Here’s how it will work:  We’ll keep the apples in optimum temperature controlled storage.  If there are specific varieties you want, you can order your favorites to ensure that they are reserved for you and available. You can choose from: Gold Rush, Pink Lady, Fuji, Mutsu, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Golden Delicious and Empire.

  1. Come into the Market before we close on December 20.
  2. Order and pay for a minimum of a bushel (approx. $20-$24) or any combination of apples adding up to a minimum of 20lbs.
  3. We’ll call or email you in March to come in to pick up your order.

We are also planning to be opened weekends in March. Look for apples, apple cider and apple butter.  Stay tuned….

Give us a call if you have any questions:  724-356-7960.

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING DAY but will be open our regular hours, 10a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 27 until we close for the season Sunday, DECEMBER 20.

We have a great supply of apples for both eating and cooking for those pies and other seasonal treats and cider ready for drinking cold or hot. We plan to continue to press cider into December. Remember, it can be frozen (just pour out a couple of inches for expansion and reseal). Just fully thaw, shake and enjoy.

Current Varieties include: Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Macoun, McIntosh, Melrose, Gold Rush, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Nittany, Fuji, Empire,  Northern Spy, Rome, Ida Red and Stayman.

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So many apple varieties to choose from….cider, too

This weekend we’ll have Melrose, Rome and Northern Spy ready.  So to recap…you can find Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, McIntosh, Red and Golden Delicious, Nittany, Jonathan, Jonagold, Macoun, Empire, Cortland, Mutsu, Crimson Crisp, Autumn Crisp and 20 ounce in the market.  And, fresh delicious Apple Cider. Come and see us for some fresh apple goodness.  We’re open 7 days a week from 10a.m. til 5p.m.  

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Organic Nittany, Macouns and more!

Thanks to you, our customers, for your patience, understanding and kind words during this difficult time.  

We have several more varieties ripe and ready in the market.  The Macouns are fantastic, as are our organic Nittany. Look for Empire, Mutsu, Jonagold (organic available), and Fuji. Lots of great apples for eating and baking up a storm! We look forward to seeing you 10a.m.  to 5p.m., seven days a week.

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Robert B. Brown November 21, 1933 – September 30, 2015

We have lost a beloved member of the Brown Family and regular and most valuable fixture in the orchard and market. His warmth, smile, chuckle, winks and calm sure presence will be missed beyond words.

The market will be closed on Monday, October 5 as we celebrate the life of this special man.

(Regular hours daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

I will travel empty handed there is not a single thing I have collected in my life that I would ever want to bring except the love of those who loved me, and the warmth of those who cared. The happiness and memories and magic we shared. Though I will know the joy of solitude… I’ll never be alone. I’ll be embraced by all the family and friends I’ve ever known. Although I might not see their faces, all our hearts will beat as one, and the circle of our spirits will shine brighter than the sun. I will cherish all the friendship I was fortunate to find, all the love and all the laughter in the place I leave behind. All these good things will go with me. They will make my spirit glow. and that light will shine forever in the next place that I go.

(Excerpt from The Next Place by Warren Hanson)

We are opened regular hours, 10a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Hickory Apple Festival Oct 3-4.

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