U-Pick Apples

U-Pic Update:

There is NO U-Pic  at our farm now. Our Apple U-Pick (You can pick off the trees yourself) Starts September 11.

 
Apple U-Pick
Open September 11- October 18
SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY
U-Pick Hours: 10am-5pm*
*You must be here before 4:30pm to get into the orchard to pick
We are in the EST Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
Peach & Apple U-Pick Address:
2789 Friday Rd. Coloma, MI 49038
Farm Market Address:
3452 Friday Rd. Coloma, MI 49038
Market Hours: Everyday 9am-7pm
Market Phone: (269) 468-3668
Other Times: (269) 208-3591
Please call ahead for seasonal changes and prices
Free Hayrides to the orchards are available from our central parking area. No Admission, Make a day of it by enjoying our Free Picnic Area and Playground.

Start a family tradition by visiting beautiful Southwest Michigan to see the fall colors, then you and your family can pick the perfect apple right off the tree. Enjoy our free Hayrides right to the orchard where you can pick all the apples you want without having to step on a ladder, as our many different varieties are grown on dwarf trees. Then rest awhile at our free picnic area and playground or stop by our farm market for a free sample of our super sweet apple cider, freshly made with our own apples.

APPLE VARIETIES AVAILABLE FOR U-PICK:

  • PRISTINE - July 25 to August 25 - A high quality apple for the very early season. This golden colored apple is squatty in shape with crisp firm flesh and sweet flavor. It stores in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. You can even bake with it and it will keep the shape of the slices, but many customers think it makes the best applesauce.

  • Early Gold

  • Dandee Red

  • Sunrise

  • PAULA RED - August 15 to 31 - A tart summer apple with firm flesh for fresh eating, applesauce or baking. Slices do cook down when baking. This dark red apple has a squatty shape and stores for 2 weeks.

  • JON-A-MAC - August 25 to September 15 - An older variety that is a cross between Jonathan and Macintosh. Apple is dark red and looks squatty like a Macintosh. Apple is medium size, tart flavor, firm flesh, crisp with high quality. Good for eating, applesauce or baking but slices cook down a little. Stores for 4 weeks in your refrigerator.

  • GALA - September 1 to 20 - A newer variety that has wonderful qualities. Gala has a wonderful super sweet flavor with crisp, firm, juicy flesh. Gala stores well for months in refrigeration. Gala is great for eating or baking because the slices do not cook down hardly at all. Gala is one of my favorite pie and eating apples. The apple is pink in color with a longish shape for the size. 

  • OZARK GOLD - September 1 to 20 - An older variety that reminds of a Golden Delicious apple with a slight tang. The apple looks very similar to a Golden Delicious with a small pink/red cheek. The flavor is sweet-tart and crisp, so it eats very well and bakes very well. I usually combine Gala and Ozark in my pies during this time of year. When baking, Ozark slices do keep their shape, but do soften. They make good applesauce and stores well until Thanksgiving.

  • RED CORTLAND - September 10 to 30 - A very large size red color apple with pure white flesh. Just a newer red version of Cortland. The tart flavor is good for eating, applesauce or baking, although slices do soften during baking.

  • EMPIRE - September 15 to October 5 - A tart but very flavorful, very crisp apple that stays hard for months in refrigeration. The apple is dark red with a squatty shape. Empire is great for eating or baking and the slices do not get soft. This is an older variety which does not get the attention it deserves!

  • JONAGOLD - September 25 to October 15 - A very large, sweet tart flavor, crisp apple that is very juicy. The apple is pink, large and long. Do not store past Thanksgiving for best quality. Jonagold is great for eating, applesauce or baking but the slices do get soft. This is a redder version of a very old variety.

  • RED DELICIOUS - September 25 to October 20 - I think everyone knows a Red Delicious apple. You only eat it, do not cook with it.

  • GOLDEN DELICIOUS - October 1 to 31 - My favorite apple for eating until Christmas. It stores until spring in refrigeration. The apple is bright yellow, large size and long shape. Goldens are great for eating, applesauce and baking while the slices keep their shape. All winter, Golden Delicious is my favorite pie apple. In storage, the flavor stays sweet but the apple gets soft, but not too soft to enjoy.

  • FUJI - October 15 to 31 - My favorite eating apple after Christmas because the flavor gets stronger and even sweeter but stays juicy. Fuji is great for baking but add any other apple, like Golden Delicious, because the slices will not get soft at all or release any juice. Fuji will easily stay very hard and extra sweet until taken out of refrigeration the next spring or after. This is the apple we save for our family and employees to eat all winter.

 

These varieties and others are also available already picked at our farm market, including frozen apple slices and freshly made apple cider.

 

**Availability is dependent on the weather, so please call ahead to get a better idea on ripening times. Ripening dates

can vary as much as 2 weeks earlier or later from year to year.

 

Please come visit us in July for CHERRYTIME!!

Welcome to Fruit Acres

A Note from Annette and Randy:  Saturday August 1, 2020

SPECIAL TODAY UNTIL GONE! Tree Ripe Local Glenglo Peaches for $24.99 half bushel with basket! They need to be put in a refrigerator or used right away. They are tree ripe!

HI Everyone! I am very sorry there is NOTHING  for YOU to pick off the trees UNTIL  U-Pick Apples starting September 11. We are not able to have Peach U-Pick this year because of the virus. There is no way to social distance everyone.  But we are not that busy for Apple U-Pick and we will have enough room for everyone to social distance and get their hayrides to the orchard. Our Governor won't let us.

 

Fruit Acres Farm Market is open everyday 9am to 7pm.

​We have local peaches this weekend! They are from Fennville, Michigan which is 40 minutes north of here. We didn't have enough of our own peaches ready now for you, so we worked with a friend farmer of ours to get Local Peaches for you this weekend. They are called Glenglo, they are pretty and large, but they don't come completely off the pit. They are sweet (but not as sweet as ours). Some of them are starting to get soft, so they may be used this weekend. Prices are $2.49 per pound, $9.99 for 4 quart basket (basket not included), $18.99 peck, $36.99 half bushel (about 25 pounds), the basket is $3 more. We can put them in a free box for you if you want. We finally have enough to sell half bushels of peaches.

Now for Red Haven Peaches fresh from our farm. We will start selling our own Red Haven Peaches (just a few) next week. This is just the first picking and we will only have a few. We are hoping there is some Red Haven Peaches from our farm for sale in half bushels starting next Saturday August 8. I would wait until the week of August 10 to get mine though.

 We now have Local Peaches 'n' Cream Sweet Corn  is here for $.59 ear or $5.99 dozen. It is Delicious! This corn is from our Regular Sweet Corn Farmer and we should have it now through Labor Day (I hope).  Also Sweet Local Blueberries (10 pound box $27.99). This is the peak of Local Blueberry Season with my favorite kind, Bluecrop. We will have Local Blueberries for about 2 weeks more.  Delicious Sweet Large Local Cantaloupe are on for $3.99 each. I only sell the Honeyrock type of Cantaloupe (if I have a choice).  Local Red Raspberries will be around for a few more weeks,available by the pint for $5.99 or $55 for a 12 pint flat.  but Black Raspberries and Blackberries are done for this year.  We have local Pickles for $1.59 pound or $25 for half bushel. I mostly have 5 inch size pickles, but I can get smaller pickles (about 3 inches) on order for $35. I have fresh Dill for the Pickles sold by the stalk when I can get it. I do not have it now. Local Slicing Round  Tomatoes are now available for $1.99 pound or $30 for 25 pound box.  We do  have Local Sweet Grape Tomatoes ($2.99 pint) and Local Roma Tomatoes for $1.69 pound or $25 for 25 pound box. Local Green Tomatoes for frying for $1.99 pound.

Local Peppers have started now. We have Large Green Bell Peppers for $.99 each, and Gypsy (Sweet Stuffing), Jalapeno (hot), Poblano (mildly spicy), Serrano (Very Hot) and Hot Banana Peppers for $1.49 pound.

Since we don't have many plums on our farm this year, I have Sweet Blue Eating Plums now from my 92 year old farmer friend from Covert michigan. They are $6.99 quart. They are delicious when soft. If they are not soft, just put them on the counter like peaches until they get soft. That is the way I like to eat them, with lots of juice.

Local Zuchini & Yellow Squash, Comet (Patty Pan) Squash, Local Okra and Kohlrabi, Local Cucumbers. Local Beautiful Sunflowers ($1.99 stem) and Local Beautiful Glads ($5.99 big bunch with 10 stems and Local Bouquets for $5.99 each.

We have alot of Beautiful Local Aloe Vera for $12 each and Herb Plants for from  $4.99 & up each. Lots of Local Raw or Regular Honey, and Michigan Frozen Tart Sour Pie Cherriees  $7.99 for 2 1/2 pounds. The Take and Bake Fruit Pies taste almost as good as Homemade (nothing is as good as Grandmas) and Local Gouda & Brie Cheese are here.

We do have Sweet Seedless Watermelon from Arkansas now for $4.99 each. Michigan Watermelon will still be a few weeks off.

 

Covid-19 Update

We are a open air Farm Market with air flowing from all 4 sides of our market. That means we are outside. According to Michigan Governor Greatchen Witmer Executive order #2020-110 on June 1, "Any individual who leaves his place of residence must: Wear a face covering over his/her nose and mouth when in any ENLCOSED PUBLIC SPACE".  Our Farm Market is not enclosed AND we have plenty of room for Social Distancing, so we and you as a customer are not required to wear a mask. But Please stay 6 feet apart when in checkout line.

I can get Frozen Michigan Sour Cherries  that are individually frozen and pitted. They are not all frozen together, so you can scoop out exactly how many you want. You will have to order them with me atleast 2 days ahead.  I will have 2 1/2 lb bags on hand all the time, but you have to order any larger sizes. Sour Tart Pie Cherries 2 1/2 lb bags are $7.99 ea, 10 lbs (in 5lb bags) for $22.99, 20 lbs (in 5lb bags) for $39.99, or 30 lbs box for $49.99. I can get these Sour Cherries all year long, so there is no hurry in getting them.

U-Pick Apples - Open Weekends from September 11 to October 11. There is no admission, free wagon ride, free playground and picnic area. The U-Pick Apples you take with you are $.99 per pound. We have lots of Apples for both U-Pick and the farm market this year. We will have lots of  Silken, Early Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Sunrise, Early Golden Delicious, Experimental Apple and Blondee. The apples that only have a few apples on them are Pristine, Red Delicious, Early Gold, Jonagold, SnowSweet, Swiss Gourmet, McIntosh, Dandy Red, and Cameo. We will have lots of Honeycrisp Apples at the farm market but we never have them for U-Pick.

APRICOTS - I am very sorry and disappointed to tell you that there are NO Apricots this year on the trees. I hope they have some in northern Michigan so we can atleast get a taste!

PLUMS - There will be some sweet plums from our farm but there will not be alot of them. There may be more Blue Plums in the fall than during the summer.

Sheepnose Apples - We are the largest grower of Sheepnose Apples in the world. That is not saying much. Sheepnose is also know as Chenango or Strawberry Apples. Sheepnose is very similar to Transparent Apples but they are pink outside instead of green. They are a very old variety from the 1800's that are used for Applesauce by Amish families. They are a very soft apple that 95% of people do not like to eat, they just make a slightly pink applesauce. It is very good and smooth applesauce. They will be ready around August 20 and only for sale by the bushel for $10. I will not have them at the stand, only by order please.