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Magness European Pear

Magness has greenish-brown lightly russeted skin. Magness has pleasing flesh: soft, juicy and fine textured. Magness has sweet flavor and is a pear of excellent quality. Magness is ready to pick just after Harrow Sweet, late September and into early October. Magness can be stored three months or more under the proper conditions.


Harrow Sweet European Pear

Harrow Sweet looks similar to Bartlett, with the addition of a pleasing red blush.  Juicy and sweet flesh of excellent quality. Harrow Sweet is ready to pick around mid-late September. Harrow Sweet can be stored up to two and maybe three months under the proper conditions.


Blake’s Pride European Pear

Blake’s Pride has aromatic and meltingly juicy fruit with attractive, yellow, lightly-russeted skin. Blake’s Pride is ready to pick in late August and early September. Rich, balanced sweet-tangy flavor.


Yoinashi Asian Pear

Yoinashi is said to mean ‘Good Pear’ in Japanese. Yoinashi ripens in September and offers richly aromatic fruit that is fine-textured, juicy and sweet, with a pleasing tang.


Kosui Asian Pear

Kosui (we are told the name means ‘Good Water’ in Japanese) has a golden brown russet-skinned fruit, firm, crisp and juicy, very sweet and a very low-acid flavor. A truly refreshing late summer treat, Kosui matures in August.


U-Pick Highbush Blueberries

Our U-Pick highbush blueberries, in approximate order of ripening, July through early September:

• Duke    • Patriot    • Draper    • Toro   •Bluecrop

•Friendship     •Bonus      • Nelson    • Liberty

2018 U-Pick highbush blueberries price: $4.79 per pound.



We offer a pleasing spectrum of modern and antique apple varieties of distinction, worthy of your attention and perfect for fresh eating, baking, sauce, juice and storing. You can expect to find low spray, knock-your-socks-off apple varieties. We manage our apple trees for U-Pickers! All our trees bear fruit at a reasonable height so that even a toddler can pick.
2018 U-Pick apple price: $2.30 per pound.

Visit our Apples page for a complete list of varieties available


U-Pick Fruit Policies

Orchard Ridge Farm U-Pick Fruit Policies

Thank you for considering a visit to our family farm! We worked hard for years to shepherd this year’s fruit to ripeness. Please read and honor our U-pick fruit policies.

Our farm is our family home and our private property, and our crops are our livelihood. You are our guests.  We ask you, and all members of your group, to be gentle with the blueberries bushes and fruit trees, and to sample only a few fruit. Please wait until after payment to enjoy the rest. Since we sell our fruit by the pound, how else can local farming thrive?
Appropriate U-Pick picking containers are available at the farm for a nominal cost.  You may also bring your own, but be aware that some containers are awkward to weigh on our scale.
Please leave pets at home.
Do not climb trees, sit on your friend’s shoulders, yank at branches, throw fruit around, pick three and drop/toss two etc.
Children must be under effective supervision and control at all times. We expect adults to model good behavior by not eating fruit (except for a small sample in order to confirm the quality) until after payment. See our ‘sampling policy’ below.

For U-Pick, we suggest that you come prepared for the outdoors as needed: hat, sunscreen, bug spray, jacket, close-toed shoes.

We are pleased to offer our customers the use of a nicely appointed bathroom at the farm, equipped with a baby changing station.

Orchard Ridge U-Pick Sampling Policy in a nutshell:

Please taste a few berries, or share an apple between you to confirm that it is good. Beyond that, please wait until after you have paid to enjoy the rest.



Warning: Goldrush is intensely tasty and may become habit forming.  Goldrush boasts classic Golden Delicious flavor, but that isn’t all.   Sweet and tangy are cranked way up to awaken your tastebuds to AWESOME!  Goldrush consistently earns rave reviews for both fresh eating and baking, and it is one of the longest storing apples anywhere.  This Goldrush will make you feel like you struck gold.

Fresh eating, baking, drying, cider, long storage

Late October. – early November. Available as U-Pick and in the farm store.


Golden Russet

An antique classic russet apple with grainy crisp white flesh and an ambrosial flavor.  Sought after for its juice and as an accompaniment for aged cheeses.  Perhaps the most famous and most prized russet.

Fresh eating, cider, storage

October. Available as U-Pick and in the farm store, in season.