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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Apples

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.

Visit our Apples page for a complete list of varieties available

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U-Pick FAQ

Q: May we eat fruit before we pay?

A: Thank you for considering a visit to our family farm! We work hard, even years ahead, to bring about each year’s harvest of fruit. Our farm is our family home and our private property, our crops are our livelihood, and we sell our fruit by the pound. The business of farming is very expensive. We therefore ask you to sample only a few fruit, so that you know it is good. Please wait until after you pay to enjoy the rest. If your plan is to feast in the field while picking, please instead visit a farm that offers that option.

 

Q: Do you supply containers for picking?

A: U-Pick picking containers (bags for apples and pears, and boxes for blueberries) are available at the farm for a nominal cost.  You may also bring your own, but keep in mind that they will have to be readily weighed on our checkout scale.

 

Q: May we bring our pet dog?

A: Please leave pets at home. That is the official, FDA-mandated answer. All hail the beaurocrat kings!

 

Q: May we climb the trees? May we teeter on each other’s shoulders in order to grab the highest fruit? Do you mind if we enjoy fruit fights on your property? Are you farmers happy when we gorge on blueberries while in the field, even though we haven’t yet paid for them… or when everyone picks one or two huge, perfect to apples to taste, takes a bite or two and tosses it to the ground? Is it fine to pick carelessly, bumping lots of excellent fruit onto the ground and leaving it there to rot? May our children run around uncontrolled? While on your farm, may we take a hiatus from parenting?

A: Oy vey.

 

Q: What is ripe and ready to pick, and when?

A: For day-to-day status of our blueberries, apples and pears, check our Facebook page or call; you can also find out by taking a risk by visiting the farm during our regular farm market hours… the worst case would be that while we might be closed for picking that day, we would still have tasty treats and you could still visit the animals.

 

Q. What about farm animals?

A. We have friendly goats you can pet and feed (25 cents per crank at the feeder dispenser) plus at least some of the following for you to see: chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys and pigs.

 

Q: What about biting insects?

A: While entomophagy is becoming popular in some circles, we do not formally offer U-Pick bugs here at Orchard Ridge. Now as far as them biting you: Our location is open and breezy and often sees relatively low levels of those critters.  But we suggest that you come prepared for the outdoors as needed: hat, sunscreen, bug spray, jacket, close-toed shoes.

 

Q. Do you have a bathroom?

A. We are pleased to offer our customers a nice bathroom, even equipped with a baby changing station.

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Goldrush

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.

BEST USES
Fresh eating, baking, drying, cider, long storage

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

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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.

BEST USES
Fresh eating, cider, storage

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

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