After a busy winter of pruning, trimming, and caring for the orchard, we experience a breath taking view of spring. The seemingly endless rows of blossoms are a sight, but also are very vulnerable at this time to frosts and freezes. This is one factor that dictates our crop for the season. Another factor that effects our crops is the amount of rain we receive during the growing season. We have never used irrigation due to the lack of a capable water source and the high moisture retaining properties of our limestone soil. This allows us to harvest the sweetest, most flavorful tree ripened fruit nature can produce, rather than watered down fruit irrigated for size.
Our sales season begins in June. This is when we begin taking orders for fruit. Give us a call, tell us how many quart of cherries or the amount of peaches, pears, or apples you need and what variety you prefer. When we begin picking that particular item, and get to your name on the list, we’ll give you a call and arrange for you to come for your fruit. Our fruit stand opens for business when we begin picking sweet cherries.
Our sweet cherry varieties are Ulster, Emperor Francis (Yellow), and Hedelfenkin, Hudson, Van, and Regina. They usually ripen around the third week of June, depending, of course, on “Mother Nature”.
Our sour cherry (or Montmorency) crop is available for you already picked or you may pick your own. They ripen around July 4. Apricots also ripen at this time, as well as Black Raspberries and Blueberries.
Our various varieties of nectarines ripen July through August.
Peach season begins in July. Our first variety of peaches is Rich May, Harbinger, and then Flaming Fury. They are followed by Garnet Beauty, Early Red Haven, Harbelle, and Red Haven. Our “mid-season” peaches are Sun Haven, Sunhigh, John Boy, and Loring. Our “late season” brings Blake, Biscoe, Crest Haven, Jersey Queen, Redskins, Laurel, O’Henry, and Victoria. We also have three varieties of White Peaches available throughout the season. Our peach season usually extends through mid-Sept.
All other fresh produce (ie. peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet
corn, cantaloupe, pumpkins, green beans, etc.) is locally grown.
Plums begin mid-July with our Methley Plum. The end of July brings one of our favorites, Golden Plums, and August sees the Stanley Prune Plums.
Pear Season begins in late August with Red and Yellow Bartlett, and ends with Bosc in early October.
Apple Season begins in July with Lodi and Pristine. August brings us Summer Rambo,Dandee Red, Gala, and Ginger Gold. We continue with Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Honey Crisp, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Rome, York, Stayman, Fuji, Cameo, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady.
From Greencastle - (I-81, Exit 5) take Route 16 East, proceed through Shady Grove. You will see a Stone Farmhouse on left and Hollowell Church Road on right. Turn right on Hollowell Church and go 1 mile.
From Waynesboro - 16 West go under railroad underpass. Funcastle Go Cart Track on left. Hollowell Church Road is next, turn left here and travel 1 mile.
From Longmeadow Shopping Center in Hagerstown - Turn left on Marsh Pike. Continue straight through light at Paramount School. Proceed straight into Pennsylvania. Marsh Pike becomes Hollowell Church Road. Go past Church, proceed 1 1/2 miles. We are located on right (watch for our sign). Travel distance is 7 miles.
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mon. Thurs. & Fri. - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm