Author Archives: Chris

Thanksgiving, Hours Change, and So Many Apples!

Pumpkin Pie

Hi everyone, A couple bits of news to share today.  First, I just got the Thanksgiving time slots added to the bakery items in our online shop, so Thanksgiving ordering is ready for you.  There are time slots set up for Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week (we’re closed Thursday and Friday that week), and […]

U-Pick Apples, Festivals, Honeycrisp, Pears and More!

Honeycrisp apples

Peaches – The bad news first. We sold out of the last of the Encore peaches this past weekend.  We’re done with peaches until next year. Apples – Now the good news.  We’ve got over a dozen varieties of apples in the market right now, including Honeycrisp.  In the last couple weeks, we’ve picked Gala, […]

Peaches, sweet corn, other crop updates. Oh. And a baby!

Wow, it’s been a crazy last few weeks!  First off, I’m now a dad.  Amanda gave birth to our baby Abigail, and they’re both doing great.  It’s been a blur of happiness and excitement, combined with lots of wailing, sleeplessness, feedings, and diapers.  And did I mention, we’re really, really happy?! So Amanda is stepping […]

Summer News – Raspberries, Blueberries, Cherries and Canning!

Hi everyone, The big news for us this past week was that we made USA Today’s list of 10 Great Pick-your-own Farms Across the USA! We were so excited!! Most of the other places were bigger farms right outside of large cities, so I felt that added to the honor of being chosen. I’m really […]

Strawberries!

Hi everyone, After a very cold April starting all our crops off about two weeks behind normal, the very hot May caught us back up.  It seems like we’re right about average again, and that means IT’S TIME FOR STRAWBERRIES!!! We’ve been able to pick more and more strawberries for the market these last couple […]

Spring Is Finally Here!

Hi everyone, April was so cold this year that everything is running late, but the warm weather the last couple weeks is starting to catch things up.  Since I haven’t posted for awhile, I have a lot to tell you about what’s going on around the farm these days! First of all, as you can […]

Christmas Open House This Saturday. And Lots of Other Holiday Goodness.

Happy Holidays!

Between the market and Bent Ladder this year, we have so many exciting things going on for the Holidays! I usually don’t talk much about Bent Ladder over here on the Orchard site, but with this post being all about our holiday activities, I’d be remiss if I didn’t briefly mention a few things going […]

Final Fall Festival Weekend!!

Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts

We’re so excited about our final Fall Festival Weekend…it might be our best yet! We’ve packed fun activities, amazing food and drink, and great music all into one weekend. Come join us in celebrating fall! Admission is free. Saturday, October 14th 9 am – 6 pm: U-Pick apples 10 am – 5 pm: Lerch’s Donuts […]

This Week’s Crop Update, Plus U-Pick and Festival News

Apple bins in the warehouse

Hi everyone, The weather finally broke today to be a little more fall-like.  It’s been miserable picking (or being outside in general) this last week.  I’m sooo happy for some 60s and low 70s! The heat has kept us ahead of schedule on harvest.  The positive (at least for me) is that harvest will be […]