Forrest Hall Farm Orchard

What grows in our Orchard?  

A variety of early, mid, and late season Apples and Freestone Peaches.  We now know just about everything there is to know about the care, keeping, and cooking of apples and peaches.  We have all the information below.

We are well on our way to 3,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf trees of mixed variety on 12 acres which is small and when we run low we rely on a friend’s orchard-up close to the Pennsylvania border.  They served as mentors to us when we transitioned out of tobacco.  They produce very high quality fruit and we are happy to sell from their orchard – farmer helping farmer.  We both grow many of the same varieties.  This model also allows us to provide our customers with some of the highly popular varieties that just won’t grow this far south – Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, and Nittany – super stars in the world of apples…and we are very excited about that!  We do not sell products here on the farm that we did not grow or that we do not personally know the grower.

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Though we DO NOT offer you-pick apples, we DO offer the next best thing. Our apples are picked and then placed in 1/2 bushel crates for our customers to hand pick the apples they want to buy. We sell our apples and peaches by weight in 1/2 peck, peck or 1/2 bushel quantities. Most apple varieties can be mixed in the same basket because they are same price.  There are times in which we have apples that are a little more expensive, like the famous honey crisp which have to be sold separately.

Here’s how it works…

  1. Pick the size basket you want
  2. Fill the basket until it is slightly over the top of the basket (please don’t over fill your basket).
  3. Take it to counter and we will pull the bag out tie it up for you and you are on your way.

Farmer Joe asks that you please handle the apples and peaches gently, they bruise easily.

1/2 peck of apples or peaches holds approximately 10-12 fruit depending on size

A Peck of apples or peaches holds approximately 18-22 fruit depending on size

Apple Nutritional Information – One a day keeps the doctor away

Apples are a healthy source of antioxidants. Oxidative damage to cells may trigger some diseases, including cancer and heart disease. You can minimize oxidative damage by eating lots of antioxidant-rich foods, including apples.

The keys to good health include eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. And by including apple servings – like delicious Forrest Hall Farm apples – in your diet each day, you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

What is the serving an apple?

  • 1 medium apple (about the size of a tennis ball)
  • 1/2 cup chopped, cooked or canned apple
  • 6 ounces of 100% apple juice
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce

Nutritional information and serving size for a peach.

 

  • 1 medium peach (about the size of a tennis ball)
  • 1/2 cup sliced, cooked or canned peach

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  • How to keep our delicious apples or peaches fresh.

How to select the perfect apple:

  • For the best flavor and crunch, choose apples that are firm to the touch.

When storing apples:

  • Slow ripening and maintain flavor by storing apples in the refrigerator.
  • For longer-lasting goodness, keep apples chilled in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer. A temperature of 34° F is ideal.
  • Keep in mind that when apples are refrigerated, they can last up to ten times longer than those left at room temperature.
  • Proper chilling of apples keeps their antioxidants active. Studies have shown that antioxidants may aid in disease prevention.
  • If you’re storing apples in a plastic bag in your refrigerator, mist them periodically to keep them fresh and juicy.
  • Make sure to store apples away from strong-smelling foods to prevent them from absorbing unpleasant odors.
  • Fruit does not generally like being kept in plastic bags.  Fruit gives off gases naturally and if trapped in plastic, will hasten the deterioration of the fruit.
  • Or sprinkle fruit fresh which you can find out your local grocery store.

When storing peaches:

Peaches are delicate fruit and will bruise and break the skin easily by just sitting on top of each other.  They should be taken out of the plastic bag ASAP.  Peaches ripen best left on the counter and not refrigerated.

How do I keep apples and peaches from getting that brown yucky color?

  • To slow browning, coat apple slices and dices in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water – or vitamin C-fortified 100% apple juice.
  • Apples keep longer at 34°

Varieties Chart 

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