Apple picking with the family is the ultimate fall activity. In addition to our visitor guidelines, here are Farmer Henry’s top tips for a successful orchard outing.
Avoid Underripe Apples
A variety of apples means a variety of ripeness. Once you’re in the orchard, surrounded by beautiful views and fall vibes, all the apples look delicious! Check all the apples on the branch to compare color and size. Look for even color.
Lift and Twist
When you find that perfect apple, lift and twist. The apple should come right off. If it doesn’t, it may not be ready.
Collect All Apples
If another apple falls while you’re trying to get the one you want, pick it up and put it in your bag! When an apple falls off the tree, it’s ripe and ready to eat—probably riper than the one you originally reached for.
Don’t Climb Trees
We know, it’s tempting. But climbing our trees is dangerous both for you and the plants. Broken branches mean lessened production for the following year, and your safety is even more important.
Dress for the Outdoors
It’s Mother Nature, after all! Conditions may be damp or muddy, and getting up close and personal with our apple trees isn’t always the cleanest endeavor. Follow us on Twitter (@ChilesPeachOrch or @CarterMountain) for weather updates.
Keep an Eye Out
We are a working farm, which means trucks and tractors are on the move. Be aware of your surroundings and keep to the sides of the roads.
Looking for the ideal apple for your baking project? Check the availability of different varieties on our website before you visit so you know what’s in store.
Check in With Staff
Even if you’re a frequent visitor (thank you!), check in with the staff when you arrive. They’ll be able to point you to ripe fruit and answer any additional picking questions.