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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Apples, Apples, Apples and Cider…

Some new additions in the market…We now have Cortland, both Red and Golden  Delicious, Crimson Crisp and 20 Ounce (this is a large, firm, juicy apple on the tart side which is excellent for baking of all kinds and sauce). We’ve had excellent feedback on the Honey Crisp and Crimson Crisp varieties, both superb varieties for eating .  We still have juicy pears and of course, our cider which we are pressing weekly.  So stop on by.   We are now open 7 days a week from 10a.m. til 5p.m.

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The Market is open for the season….Organic, anyone?

September 10, 2015

Honey Crisp are in!!! They are crisp, luscious and juicy. It was a very challenging season for Honey Crisp this year with all the heat at the end of their growing cycle.  Some appear a little greener as a result but make no mistake; they taste fantastic.

We have  McIntosh, (early) Fuji, Jonathon, and we have sourced some Asian and Sickle pears from a trusted fellow-grower.

We are already pressing our fabulous Apple Cider, too. Depending on demand and the day of the week, it will be available fresh and frozen from opening until we close for the season.  It truly is “the nectar of the Gods…” as one of our customers memorably stated.

September 8, 2015

You can find the first early apples – Ginger Gold, Jonamacs, Gala and a new delicious variety called Autumn Crisp, a terrific sweet/tart eating apple. Honey Crisp will be ready in a day or two. They are sweet and delicious and juicy but you might notice that they not as consistently red streaked with more green due to all the hot weather we have had in the last two weeks. Still absolutely delicious, so don’t let a little green fool you! McIntosh should be available by about mid-month.

It looks like a bumper crop of Nittany.  They’ll be ready in October.  Stay tuned for an update.

This year, we shifted to organic growing practices in part of the orchard.  With all the wet weather we had in the spring, it has been a challenge.  While most will be going into cider, we do have organic varieties available – Gala, Jonamac and Honey Crisp at this time. Please ask if you don’t see them.

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We’re Hiring!

We are looking for responsible, personable, hard working individuals for the 2015 season to 1) work in the orchard picking and other related tasks and 2) sales staff to work in the market.  Flexible hours.  Send us your resume and/or a note about any pertinent experience you have as well as availability to : or call 724-356-7960. References required.

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The 2015 Season!

Our season will begin on September 1st, 2015.

During the month of September, the market will be closed on Mondays. We open our market at 10 am and close at 5 pm.

In October until the end of the season, we will be open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm, closed Thanksgiving Day.

When we open on the 1st, we won’t only have our apples, but our scrumptious cider! I hope you are as excited about it as we are, because as always, it is delicious!

See you soon!

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Spring Has Arrived and All is Well at The Orchard!

SPRING UPDATE!  It took a long time to get here but now that it’s arrived we are busy at work getting ready for the upcoming 2015 season.  We are removing some of our older trees that are coming to the end of their life cycle. (You might see equipment at work if you’re on Route 50 and passing by the orchard.  No need to worry!) And, we’re excited to be planting a number of new trees in the coming weeks now that the ground is starting to dry out. 


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Looking Forward to 2015

Just as I learn how to post for myself on this Web site our marketing season has come to an early end. With the support of so many loyal customers the apples have disappeared prompting the earliest end to the season in recent memory.

Thank You so much for making the drive to our farm.

Please check in on my web site from time to time during the off season for what is really happening at the Orchard. I’ll strive to do a better job of getting information out to you as I master this communication media.
Rumors and half truths have a way of spreading like wildfire don’t feed the flames.

If you have questions about the farm and what the future may or may not bring just ask and I’ll do my best to answer. Leave a message on text the market phone or send an email.

Thank you again for a great apple season although short on length, certainly not short on quality judging from the many returning smiling faces.

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The 2014 season has given the orchard a beautiful crop, many varieties are still available please call for current info

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2012 Has Been an Interesting Year in the Orchard.


We hope you’ll find it informative and helpful.  As in the past, we’ll be posting updates about the goings on here at Brown’s, from opening hours, available apple varieties and any other news we want to share.  Please drop us a line if you have any comments or suggestions; we love hearing from our customers.

While many of you folks were heralding our early spring with great fanfare, it wasn’t such a good thing for apple growers as many of you have probably heard by now.  The much warmer than average temperatures in March caused our trees to bud extremely early.  They were then very sensitive to the colder temperatures and frosts that followed.  A number of our trees were affected by all this record-breaking weather, depending on the variety and their location in our orchard.  Miraculously, quite a few were spared, unlike in parts of the East, where damage and loss were very widespread. We’ve now been contending with the extremely dry, hot summer;  it’s been quite a roller coaster ride, to say the least!

The good news is that we will still have apples, although likely not as many varieties.  We are still doing our final assessment.  As always, Mother Nature dictates when our apples will be perfect for picking and you never know what she can throw our way in these last critical few weeks.  On a really positive note, we have a good supply of our delicious frozen cider, including our special “varietals” like Honey Crisp and Gold Rush, that will be available to start the season this year as a result of last year’s bountiful harvest.  As most of our die-hard cider fans know, it’s simply a matter of thawing and shaking the cider in order to enjoy it’s sweet goodness until we start pressing fresh later in the fall.

We hope you are enjoying your summer and we look forward to welcoming you back when we open for the 2012 season, which will be in EARLY SEPTEMBERWe will be announcing our opening date soon, so watch this space…..







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