Daily Farm Updates Thursday, August 13, 2020

Apple Orchard

What’s an orchard without some apple picking? With a rolling list of available varieties, there’s always something for the apple–lover at Center Grove Orchard. So stop on by, we’ve got fun by the bushelful!

READY FOR PICKING
Available late August!

U-Pick Sizes and Pricing

1/4-peck bag
3 pounds
$9.95
1/2-peck bag
6 pounds
$11.95
1-peck bag
12 pounds
$19.95
1/2-bushel bag
24 pounds
$36.95
1-bushel bag
48 pounds
$64.95

Purchase your U-Pick bags at the Country Corner located by the gates to the West Orchard.

Apples available for purchase in our store
Peaches available beginning August 8.
Apples available late August!

In-Store Sizes and Pricing

Bag Size
Weight
Honeycrisp
Other Varieties
1/4 peck bag
about 3 lbs
$3.00/lb
$2.00/lb
1/2 peck
about 6 lbs
$2.75/lb
$1.75/lb
1 peck
about 12 lbs
$2.50/lb
$1.50/lb

 

Apple Varieties

APPLE
FLAVOR
BEST FOR
SEASON*
+ Zestar!
Flavor: Sweet-tart, crisp, hint of brown sugar flavor
Best For: Fresh eating, cooking
Season: August 20
+ Wolf River
Flavor: Mildly tart
Best For: Baking, sauce, drying
Season: August 25
+ Blondee
Flavor: Sweet, crunchy, nonbrowning flesh
Best For: Eating fresh, desserts
Season: September 1
+ Cortland
Flavor: Tart with a hint of sweet and tangy
Best For: Salads, kabobs, garnishes (cut fruit is slow to brown)
Season: September 1
+ Gala
Flavor: Crisp, firm, juicy, mild and sweet
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: September 1
+ McIntosh
Flavor: Tender, juicy, aromatic, tart-sweet
Best For: Eating, cooking (if using in pies, add more thickener)
Season: September 1
+ Empire
Flavor: Sweet-tart, juicy cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh
Best For: Snacks, baking, cooking
Season: September 20
+ Golden Supreme
Flavor: Unique sweet, very firm with a hint of raspberry flavor
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: September 5
+ Daybreak Fuji
Flavor: Crisp, sweet
Best For: Eating fresh, salads
Season: September 10
+ Autumn Crisp
Flavor: Sweeter than it is tart, nonbrowning
Best For: Eating fresh
Season: September 10
+ Honeycrisp (seconds)
Flavor: Crisp, juicy, mild, honeyed flavor
Best For: Eating, salads, sauce-making
Season: September 10
+ Crimson Crisp
Flavor: Very crisp, firm, tart
Best For: Eating, baking
Season: September 15
+ Jonamac
Flavor: McIntosh-Jonathan cross, dessert apple, firm, crisp, tart
Best For: Eating, baking
Season: September 10
+ Jonathan (seconds)
Flavor: Firm, spicy, sweet with a crisp snap, all-around good apple
Best For: Sauces, snacks, salads, pies, applesauce
Season: September 20
+ Snow Sweet
Flavor: Sweet taste with a slight tart balance, slow to brown when cut
Best For: Snacks, salads
Season: September 25
+ Cameo
Flavor: Firm, crisp, aromatic flavor, stores well
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: October 1
+ Golden Delicious
Flavor: Crisp, mild, sweet
Best For: Any use (when making pies, reduce the total sugar)
Season: October 1
+ Red Delicious
Flavor: Sweet, juicy
Best For: Eating, salads, not particularly suitable for cooking or baking
Season: October 1
+ Jonagold
Flavor: Crisp, juicy, sweet
Best For: Pies, baked desserts, sauces
Season: October 5
+ Lysgolden
Flavor: Crisp, mild, sweet
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: October 5
+ Mutsu
Flavor: Sweet-tart, distinct flavor
Best For: Eating, pies, salads
Season: October 10
+ Candy Crisp
Flavor: Uniquely juicy, pear like flavor
Best For: Eating fresh
Season: October 10
+ RJ Gold
Flavor: Sweet, large eating apple, similar to Golden Supreme
Best For: Snacks, salads
Season: October 15
+ Chieftain
Flavor: Sweet
Best For: Eating, sauces, pies, salads, baking
Season: October 20
+ Fuji
Flavor: Mild, sweet, juicy, firm
Best For: All uses, especially snacks
Season: October 25
+ Braeburn
Flavor: Sweet yet tart
Best For: Eating, salads, sauces
Season: October 25
+ Granny Smith
Flavor: Crisp, very tart
Best For: All uses, especially cakes, pies, applesauce
Season: November 1

*Season dates are approximate.

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Due to damage from the storms yesterday, we are cl Due to damage from the storms yesterday, we are closed for a couple days. Once we have an idea of when we can have debris cleared and repairs made to create a safe and fun place again, we’ll update you via social media and our website that we’re open. Thank you for your patience.
🌻 To hopefully brighten what was a hectic day f 🌻 To hopefully brighten what was a hectic day for Iowans (and many others!), here is a picture of some of our sunflowers standing strong. 
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❤️ Our farm and crops received quite a bit of damage, but we are very thankful all guests and team members that were onsite today were safe. We are thankful for our amazing staff that remained calm, continued to monitor weather, and took care of our guests. 
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⚠️ We are working hard to clear debris so we can open back up, but we are closed for the next couple of days. Please continue to watch our FB page or check our website for updates. 
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🎟 Those who purchased tickets online for today (Mon, 8/10) and tomorrow (Tues, 8/11) will receive refunds. Please email us at fun@centergroveorchard.com for any questions or concerns about tickets. Thank you!
🌻Sunflowers are in bloom!!🌻 We open tomorrow 🌻Sunflowers are in bloom!!🌻 We open tomorrow, Aug 8th!! 🌻 Get your farmyard ticket! 👇🏼 Link below!