Rubinettes, Pixie Crunch & Peaches!

Considering Marshall grows more than 35 varieties of apples, it says a lot when he chooses a favorite. Rubinette, a sweet and sour apple that would never win a beauty contest, has been his go to apple for years. He likes it so much that he has Rubinettes dipped in caramel for our Caramel Apples we sell at the orchard. You can now buy Rubinettes already picked in the market or go pick your own.

Pixie Crunch is a favorite of many of our customers and you can start picking your own this Thursday! We will not have them in the market until next week but you are welcome to buy a bag and head out to pick your own. Small, sweet and very crunchy, this apple is a must for your lunch box. Kids love it, too!

Crimson Crisp and Crimson Gold also open up for U-Pick this Thursday. Crimson Crisp is a beautiful shade of red and true to its name, it’s very crispy. It’s tart, slow to brown and makes for a great pie, crisp, or batch of applesauce. Crimson Gold is sweet and tart and very crisp as well. It holds its form well when baked or poached.

We picked up our last load of peaches today and should have them in the market for a week or so. Thank you to everyone who has come out and bought peaches this year and supported us despite our complete crop loss. It means a lot that you trust us to still provide peaches when we don’t have our own.

In the market we have a plethora of apples to choose from! We have plenty of Honeycrisp we picked in the last few days and should have them for quite a while. We also have Cortland, Grimes Golden, Swiss Gourmet, Zestar, Gala, Early Fuji, Rubinette and a few Blondees left. We are adding Cox’s Orange Pippen and Karmijn de Sonnaville by the weekend. With this many varieties we will soon begin making our freshly-pressed, non-pasteurized apple cider.

Our first Apple Festival will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 9am - 6pm at the market in Utica. It will be a full day of fun for all ages!

9am - Noon: Free pancakes with Bonhomie Syrup
9am - 5pm: Free sample all of our ripe apples
10am - 5pm: Hayrides through the orchard every 30 minutes for $4 per person.
11am - 5pm: Pony rides for $5
11am - 5pm Free Face Painting
11:00 - 5pm: Bobbing for Apples
Noon: Apple Cider Making Demonstration
12:30: Apple Pie Eating Contest (ages 12 & up)
1pm: Drop of your pies or anything apple flavored that you made from scratch yourself for the Pie Baking Contest by 1pm. Our customers will vote throughout the day and winners announced at 5pm! $50 first place, $25 second and $10 third.
2:00 Velvet Ice Cream Eating Contest Ages 5 & Under
2:15 Velvet Ice Cream Eating Contest Ages 6-10
2:30 Velvet Ice Cream Eating Contest Ages 11-15
2:45 Velvet Ice Cream Eating Contest Ages 16-100
3:00 Apple Peeling contest (ages 18+)Please bring your own knife :)
3:30 Caramel Apple Eating Contest Ages 6-12
4:00 Caramel Apple Eating Contest Ages 13-100
5:00 Pie Contest Winners announced
5 - 7pm Apple Painting Class in the orchard ($30) The painting is the one on this post. Light refreshments and all painting materials provided. To sign up email branstoolorchards@gmail.com
Vendor samples and baked good sales most of the day. Play area and concessions open all day.
Come on out and celebrate fall. Pumpkins, fall decor and more will also be available.

Just a reminder that we are open seven days a week until November: Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm. Call with any questions: 74-892-3989.

Apple Pickin' Time!

It’s back to school time and that means U-Pick apple time at Branstool Orchards! The orchard opened up for pick your own today, Friday, August 16. The varieties available to pick are Zestar (sweet & sour), Ginger Gold (sweet & tart) and Tsugaru (sweet eating only apple). Those plus Elstar (tart, tangy & crunchy) and Erwin Bauer (tropical flavored German apple) are available to bag your own in the market. We expect Gala and Blondee to be ready for U-Pick next weekend.

We still have peaches! Currently we have Flamin’ Fury, a yellow flesh freestone, and White Lady, a white flesh freestone, in the market. Both varieties are from Pennsylvania. If we don’t have samples out when you visit, just mention that you would like to try before you buy and we will be happy to cut you a slice.

Our concession stand “The Lunch Box” is now open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with slushies, donuts, grilled peaches, apple nachos, and more!

The kid’s play area officially opens Labor Day weekend. Hayrides will not begin until September 21.

Starting Saturday, August 17, we are at the Granville and Worthington Farmers Markets with apples. We will let you know when we are able to make it to any others.

We will have our second painting party of the year on Friday, August 30th from 5-7PM. Learn how to paint a flower with a honeybee while sitting between beautiful rows of apple trees. For only $30 you get the lesson, all materials, light refreshments, five apples of your choice, and a mini honey bear to take home. Sign up in the market or email us at branstoolorchards@gmail.com to save a spot and then pay when you arrive for the party.

We will Celebrate Pollinators on Saturday, August 31 with Monarch Butterflies to view, bee and honey educational sessions, and pollinator rock painting. Stay tuned for the schedule for the day!

Thanks to everyone who has visited us in Utica this year. The SunflowerFest went very well considering we had never planned such an event before. We absolutely love all the photos you have been sharing. If you would like to enter our Sunflower Photo Contest simply tag us in your photos on Facebook or Instagram. The contest ends at midnight on Saturday, August 17. The entries will be voted on by our staff and the winner will receive a gift basket of fruit and market product valued at $50!

We sincerely appreciate your business. We know you could buy peaches and apples other places but we are grateful that so many of you choose us!

Have questions? Please let us know. We are happy to help. :)

Contender Peaches and Pristine Apples

Our market is stocked with lots of local produce and we are happy to have our first apple of the year in the market on the afternoon of Friday, July 19. Pristine apples are tart and crunchy and make excellent pies and applesauce. It’s even good for eating out of hand if you like tart apples.

Contender peaches from South Carolina will be available starting Friday afternoon as well.

Every weekend will feature sample stations where you can try out various products from our market. Come hungry :)

The SunflowerFest will start August 3rd and end on August 11th. It’s best to buy your tickets online for the best price and to guarantee admission. We are only allowing so many folks to go back at a time to ensure a quality experience. Each ticket is good for a hayride to the field and one cut flower of your choice. Additional flowers and a french vase is available as well. The schedule for the festival is as follows:

  • Yoga by the sunflower field on Saturday, August 3 from 9am-10am. Buy tickets online please. Choose any date and then you will have the option to choose Yoga. Arrive by 8:45am for the hayride back to the field.

  • Craft Fair by the market on Saturday August 2rd from 10am - 6pm

  • Fiddle in the Field on Saturday August 3rd from 1pm-3pm. Hear music while you spend time in the sunflowers.

  • Barefoot McCoy will perform beside the market on Sunday, August 4th from 1pm-3pm

  • Sunflower painting party beside the sunflower field on Friday, August 9th from 5pm-7pm. Sign up online or in our market. All supplies provided. Just show up ready to learn and have fun!

  • Yoga by the sunflower field again on Saturday, August 10 from 9am-10am. Buy tickets online please. Choose any date and then you will have the option to choose Yoga. Arrive by 8:45am for the hayride back to the field.

  • Fiddle in the Field on Saturday August 10th from 1pm-3pm. Hear music while you spend time in the sunflowers.

  • Bluegrass music by the market on Sunday, August 11th from 1pm-3pm.

  • Star City Sliders Food Truck August 3, 4, 10 & 11.

  • Branstool Orchards new concession stand, “The Lunch Box” open every day of the event.

  • Our new play area for kids open and free everyday of the event.

Market Opens for Season on July 12th

The market in Utica will open for the season on July 12th and we can’t wait to see our customers again! There are so many new and exciting things going on at Branstool Orchards despite the peaches being frozen out on January 20th. Of course we will still bring in some delicious peaches from very reputable growers in Pennsylvania and Virginia and we will be happy to let you sample before you buy. Even if it’s not a Branstool peach, it’s still a peach and nothing says summer like a little peach juice running down ones face!

We can’t wait to show you our new concession stand aptly named ‘The Lunch Box” where you can get a peach slushy and some mini donuts, along with other yummy foods, and then have a seat at our cafe tables in the shade. Then you can take a hayride through the farm and see the beauty of the trees and the rolling hills. Our new playground is almost finished and we think the kids will really enjoy hanging out there about the time apple picking starts.

Also new this year is the UPICK station that will be open on the weekends. You can go there and buy your apple picking bag and then head out into the orchard. We hope this will alleviate any crowding in the market. During the week you will still stop in the market to buy your picking bags. Hayrides and playground wristbands can be purchased at any location: the market, the UPICK station, or The Lunch Box.

In case you haven’t heard, we are hosting our first SunflowerFest this year: August 3rd - 11th with acres of sunflowers you can walk through and enjoy. All general admission tickets include a hayride to the field, one cut flower of your choice and there are add-on flowers and a french vase available, too.

  • Opening day, August 3rd, will also be our first Craft Fair with 25 talented vendors and a variety of handcrafted items. The craft fair will be near the market and does not require a general admission ticket to attend.

  • To take a hayride back to the field and cut a flower any day during SunflowerFest, please purchase your tickets online now as we cannot guarantee admission at the gate:

    • Weekday tickets online $7.50. Weekday tickets at the gate $10.

    • Weekend tickets online $10. Weekend tickets at the gate $15.

  • There are also tickets for Yoga in the Sunflower Field on both Saturday, August 3rd and August 10th for $15 and includes one cut flower of your choice. Choose a date on the ticketing site then choose Yoga to buy online or email us at branstoolorchards.com to sign up

  • Our Sunflower Painting Party takes place the field on Friday, August 9th. For only $35 you get a hayride to the field. the canvas, materials. and lesson, and five cut flowers of your choice. Choose a date on the ticketing site then choose Painting Party to buy online or email us at branstoolorchards.com to sign up

  • Professional Photographers are welcome but must sign up ahead of time HERE

The market is almost ready for opening day with even more choices than last year. We are growing our own sweet corn for the first time and have planted more pumpkins than ever before. We have more places to sit and relax while you’re here. We have even more jams and jellies, dairy foods, kids toys and books, fair trade market baskets, sustainable household items, and more.

We look forward to seeing you in Utica this season! Follow along on Facebook for the latest updates and information.

Happy Spring

Spring is our favorite season here at Branstool Orchards. We are humbly reminded that without the cold and sometimes cruel winter, we would have no daffodils, tulips, or even apple blossoms. Mother Nature is amazing and we are lucky to be able to work with her here at the orchard.

As some of you may have already learned, the 2019 peach crop was frozen out on January 20th. It normally takes -8 degree weather to kill peach buds but this year the weather fluctuated from 60 degrees less than two weeks before to -6 here in Utica and that killed the buds which would have turned into yummy, juicy peaches. There may be a peach here or there in the orchard but there definitely will not be a crop. We are pretty disappointed but Marshall says ‘if growing peaches in Ohio were easy then everyone would be doing it’ and we have all adopted that positive mantra. Of course we will bring in some good peaches from other reputable orchards to sell here in our market but there will be no CSA this year and no Branstool peaches at the farmers markets.

Some good news we can share is that the apple crop looks amazing and we have planted more than a thousand new trees this spring, peach and apple. We will plant a ‘new to us’ apple variety called Ambrosia next week as well. It takes about three years for a crop but it’s something to look forward to.

We also have expanded our parking area to fit more than double the amount of cars than last year. We will be serving donuts and peach and apple slushies this year along with a few other treats that make an orchard visit even more special. We plan to have our first ever Sunflower Festival the first two weekends in August complete with yoga, live music, and a sunflower painting party.

We are planting an enormous pollinator garden beside the path to the orchard in a few weeks and we can’t wait to see the butterflies and bees hanging out there. And if we can fit it all in, we hope to create a few things for kids to do while visiting the orchard. It’s a very busy and beautiful time. Soon the apple trees will blossom and we will share photos for you to see.

Thanks for being a customer of Branstool Orchards. We look forward to you visiting us here in Utica this year!

Customer Appreciation Sale

Only 13 days left until we close for the season and we would like to thank you for being a Branstool Orchards customer! Starting today we have a customer appreciation sale that includes the following:

  • 25% off all cake, crisps, cookie, cornbread, onion, muffin, and pancake mixes. Pumpkin spice and apple pie mixes included.

  • 25% off all jarred goods including our new apple butter and refrigerated sauerkraut.

  • 50% off all fall decor including pumpkins, gourds, indian corn and mini straw bales.

  • $5 pecks of Jonagold, Jonathan and Golden Delicious or $18 for a bushel (four pecks)

  • Copia Farm Eggs 2 for $9. These are the best pasture-raised eggs!

We are down to our last bin of EverCrisp apples. These crunchy, juicy and sweet apples last for many months in cold storage. Pink Lady, Florina, and Gold Rush apples also last for months. Honeycrisp and Melrose last for a few months as well. It’s a great time to stock up for winter!

Pink Lady, Apple Butter, and Gift Boxes

  • We are down to the last two varieties for pick your own apples this year. Pink Lady and Gold Rush, both great keeping apples, open up for U-pick on Friday. There are still some EverCrisp, Florina, and Melrose, the state apple of Ohio, left to pick as well. If you don’t want to pick you’re in luck as there are more than 10 varieties available to buy in the market.

  • We are still open seven days a week until the week of Thanksgiving. We have fall decor, new apple scented candles, winter squash, and, of course, lots of apples. Some of the apples, like the EverCrisp and Gold Rush, will keep for four to five months! It’s a great time to stock up since we all know store bought apples just don’t compare :). Our new Branstool Orchards Apple Butter hits the shelves this Friday as well.

  • Our first annual Apple Pie Baking Contest is on November 2nd. Enter to win cash, a blue ribbon and bragging rights! Click here for details. Speaking of baking with apples, we are running a great special on pie baker and sauce maker apples. Get a pre-boxed peck (10 pounds on average) of Golden Delicious and Jonathan for only $10!

  • You can also visit the market to shop for gifts. Get a peck or half peck box with a gift ribbon and fill it up with anything in the market and receive 10% off everything in the box, including apples! We now carry a wonderful line of apple scented candles from Rock Camp Candle Company in Johnstown, Ohio. Scents include Apple Orchard, Caramel Apple, Spiced Cider, and Baked Apple Pie. They smell great and make a great gift.

  • This Saturday morning you can stop in the market and watch our field crew press our apple cider. It’s an interesting process and the finished product is absolutely delicious! Stock up for the cold winter and your holiday meals.

  • Need a place to take fall photos? Come sit on our giant pumpkins or take a walk into the orchard.

  • This is the last weekend for caramel apples at the market. Our Rubinette apples dipped in caramel by Goumas Confections in Newark is always a special treat. We have them with and without nuts for $3 each. If you prefer to make your own we sell caramel apple kits in the market.

  • This weekend is the last outdoor farmers markets at Worthington and Granville. We will be there, as well as Clintonville, with a selection of bag your apples and our new apple butter.

  • On Saturdays and Sundays we are pleased to host Bailey’s Drive Inn Donuts from 10-5PM with warm apple cider donuts made with our cider and pumpkin donuts, too.

EverCrisp Apples & Apple Pie Contest

  1. It's hard to believe it was in the mid-80's just a few days ago but now it seems Fall has truly arrived. There is a crispness in the air that is perfect for picking apples! This weekend is a great time to visit as we have some of our best keeping apples opening up for pick your own: EverCrisp, Florina, and Goldrush are open as of today. EverCrisp is our newest variety, the lovechild of Honeycrisp and Fuji, and it is extremely crunchy, juicy, and sweet. It will keep for four to five months in cool, dry conditions. Created by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA), EverCrisp is sure to be a big hit here in Central Ohio.

  2. We grow a wide variety of apples as well as carrying a multitude of apple related products in our market including butters, jams, syrups, dips, mustards, chips, etc., all made from apples. Here are the apples available now (*=available to pick your own too):

    • EverCrisp*

    • Goldrush*

    • Florina*

    • SunCrisp*

    • Melrose*

    • Idared*

    • Jonathan*

    • Golden Delicious*

    • Red Delicious

    • Jonagold

    • Blushing Gold

    • Topaz

    • Pinova

    • Galarina

    • Rubinette

    • Grimes Golden

  3. Show off your baking skills and enter our first APPLE PIE BAKING CONTEST ON NOVEMBER 2!

    • Turn in two pies, made completely from scratch, to the market in Utica between 8am & 6pm on Friday, November 2nd.

    • Each pie must be in an unmarked disposable pie tin & include a typed or hand-written recipe.

    • Only amateur bakers may enter the contest. 

    • Pies will be judged on a scale of 1-10 on (A) Appearance (B) Flavor (C) Texture

    • Winners agree to allow Branstool Orchards to publish their recipes and photos of their pies on their website and social media outlets.

    • Entries require name, phone number, email, and recipe.

    • All pies will be judged on Friday night by our panel of judges and winners announced on Saturday. All pies will be sold by the slice at the market on Saturday and proceeds donated to the local food bank.

    • First Place Winner = $50

    • Second Place Winner = $25

    • Third Place Winner = $15

  4. We will be at the Clintonville, Worthington and Granville Farmers Markets this Saturday with Rubinette, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonathan and Topaz apples.

  5. This weekend we will have caramel apples with or without nuts from Goumas Confections in Newark, Ohio. There will be warm apple cider donuts for sale Saturday & Sunday from 10-5. Baked goods samples Saturday 11-3. Free apple cider samples as well. There are fresh tomatoes, winter squash, onions, garlic and chestnuts in the market. And, of course, pick your own apples & pumpkins all weekend long :)

  6. Call us anytime with questions at 740-892-3989

It's Officially Autumn at the Orchard - Apple Autumn, that is!

We sold our very last peaches of the season on Friday, September 21st and the last of the pears on Wednesday, September 26th. Now we are surrounded by apples and pumpkins and cider! The season may have changed but the delicious, homegrown goodness continues here in Utica. There are a vast selection of apple varieties available to pick yourself or buy here in the market. The price is $1.75 per pound for all varieties for PYO and in the market. We are making fresh cider twice a week and our pumpkin patch is ready for picking and family photos.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10-5PM you can find Bailey’s Drive Inn Donuts here at the orchard serving up Apple Cider Donuts made from our cider. They are $5 for a half dozen and we may be a bit biased but they are delicious! Also, Goumas Confections is making caramel apples (with and without nuts) from our Rubinette apples and you can buy them here in our market for $3 each. We are proud to partner with these Licking County businesses to create tasty fall treats!

This Saturday, Huckleberry Homestead will be here from 11-4PM sampling apple pies made from our apples as well as pumpkin bread, banana nut bread and more. You can buy their home baked goodies here in our market as well. You can also find apple butter and apple and peach jams made with this season’s fruit by Urban Spreads of Columbus.

We have mums, gourds, mini straw bales, Indian corn, and lots of other fall decor for your home. All pumpkins are $6 each no matter how large or pick up three pumpkins for $15. This includes already picked and PYO (pick your own) pumpkins.

This weekend we will have the following apples available:

  • NEW THIS WEEKEND: Pinova (PYO & in the market)

  • NEW THIS WEEKEND: Galarina (PYO & in the market)

  • NEW THIS WEEKEND: Topaz (PYO & in the market)

  • Jonathan (PYO & in the market)

  • Jonagold (PYO & in the market)

  • Golden Delicious (PYO & in the market)

  • Red Delicious (In the market only)

  • Cortland (PYO & in the market)

  • Grimes Golden (in the market only)

  • Crimson Crisp (in the market only)

  • Crimson Gold (in the market only)

  • LAST WEEKEND: Rubinette PYO (available in market too)

  • LAST WEEKEND: Early Fuji PYO (still in market)

Next weekend we expect to open up Melrose and Suncrisp apples to PYO and have them in the market.

The last peach variety now in the market in Utica

Peach season goes fast in Ohio! We picked the last variety that we grow on Tuesday and will have it in the market for the next five or six days. It is called Victoria and it’s a yellow flesh, freestone variety. It’s sweet and juicy and great for cobblers.

We are in our second month of apples already! In our market here in Utica we have Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, McIntosh, Crimson Crisp, Crimson Gold, Cox’s Orange Pippen, Swiss Gourmet, and starting today, Pixie Crunch and Rubinette! There is an apple for every taste here at Branstool Orchards! Pick your own for apples is open seven days a week (M-Sat 9-5 & Sun 10-4). Today we have Gala, Crimson Crisp, Crimson Gold, Cortland and Bartlett & Red Bartlett Pears. Pixie Crunch & Rubinette pick your own opens up this weekend. Rubinettes will also be made into Caramel Apples by Goumas Confections in Newark. They are so yummy and speak to the heart of the fall season. We expect to have them next weekend, September 22nd. We will start making cider as soon as the peaches are finished and will have apple cider donuts on the weekends as well.

Speaking of fall, we have everything you need to decorate your home this year! Pumkpins, Mums, Indian corn, pie pumpkins, etc. We have a nice selection of breads, cookies, cobblers, and pancake mixes along with syrup and honey. Urban Spreads will be here on Friday sampling their 20+ flavors of homemade jams including several made from our fruit: apple butter, Karmel Apple, Peach Cobbler, Just Peachy, etc. They also will have pumpkin spice cookies!

We are having another painting party in the orchard on Saturday, October 6th from 4-6PM. This time we are having a ‘plein air’ art lesson on how to paint apple trees. The cost is $40 and includes your canvas and all painting materials, apple foods and drinks, and 1/4 peck of apples to take home with you. No artistic experience required! This will be a fun, creative evening. Sign up here.

We appreciate everyone who has come out to visit us this year and hope to see you again soon!

Red Havens now in the market!

  • The peaches may be a little later than last year but they are truly worth the wait, so sweet and juicy. Thank you to everyone who has come out to Utica since we opened on July 12. We started U-pick on Friday, July 27 and had such an enormous response the we have finished pick your own until the Contender peaches ripen up in about two weeks. We suspect that sometime around August 10-15 we will open U-Pick back up since there will be so many Contenders.
  • In the meantime, we do have our peaches in the market in Utica. Until the end of the week we will have Red Haven and John Boy, both freestone peaches, as well as white and yellow flesh Donut peaches that are very sweet and the perfect snack size peach.
  • Zestar apples will be ready in about 7-10 days. Pears will be ready about late August and after that we will have U-Pick for peaches, apples, and pears. Oh, my! 
  • Due to the very wet April, the peaches are behind schedule and this has prevented us from getting to any Farmers' Markets. We hope to be there in two weeks or so. Fruit farming can be unpredictable and this is definitely one of those years.
  • Our first CSA deliveries start this week. Thank you to everyone who signed up and thank you for your patience. 
  • We would love to see you in Utica! Our market is stocked with local produce including sweet corn that is picked and delivered daily as well as onions, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, garlic, green beans, etc. We have a larger assortment of local and gourmet food items, gifts, snacks, organic milk and yogurt, local pasture-raised eggs and Velvet single serve ice cream. 
  • Our website www.branstoolorchards.com is updated daily as well as our Facebook page. Follow us on Instagram to see the latest photos from the orchard, our market, our dog Jack, and our customers. Follow us on Twitter.
  • Feel free to take a book from our Little Free Library. We could also use your book donations to help keep our library stocked.
  • We now have an events page and a recipe page on our website. We would love to feature your recipe. Please email us at branstoolorchards@gmail.com to submit one.
  • Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you may have or to check on the variety of peaches we have in the market that day: 740-892-3989.
  • Lastly, we invite you to join us on Saturday, August 18, from 5-7PM for a 'Plein Air' Painting Party. We will take a short walk into the orchard, sit between rows of peach trees and paint a still life of peaches with the step by step guidance of Lori from Lori's Art Studio in Granville. Your $40 registration includes the canvas and all painting materials, refreshments, and a 1/4 peck of peaches to take home with you and your new peach painting. Register here or at the market in Utica.
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The Market is open for the season!

Our farm market in Utica is open for the season! We waited patiently for the peaches and now they are here. We are starting with Desiree (a cling peach) and Early Star (a semi-cling) and expect Red Havens (our first freestone peach) by the end of the month. We have plenty of peaches in the market but U-Pick will not start until the Red Havens are ready. This means we will not be at any farmers' markets until late July or Early August as well. For those who signed up for the CSA's, we expect those to start only one week late instead of the two we predicted only a few days ago. We are at the mercy of mother nature and she dictates when we can deliver to you. Thank you for your patience.

The farm market in Utica is fully stocked with a multitude of items you might want to take home with you: fresh, local sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, cabbage, blueberries, and garlic. We also have Bonhomie Acres maple syrup in a variety of sizes delivered to us from the Brown family who are fifth generation syrup makers from Fredricktown, Ohio. Harv's Honey from right here in Utica is also available in a variety of sizes. We have a plethora of flavors of jams from Urban Spreads including Strawberry Rhubarb, White Chocolate Raspberry, Lemon Blueberry, Cherry Haberno, and dozens more! We expect a delivery of jams made with our peaches from the ladies in Columbus next week. Speaking of which, Unkle Timz Gourmet Salsa is also back in stock in the market and he will be bringing his peach salsas by in a few days since he just picked up peaches for that purpose yesterday. We have a new baker, Huckleberry Homestead, bringing us mouthwatering cobblers, breads, pies and crisps all made from our fruit. You can buy entire pies or breads or buy by the slice. Yum!

We still carry our traditional cobbler and crisp mixes, hard candies, licorices, trail mixes, gourmet popcorns, dilled vegetables, and apple, peach, and pumpkin butters. We've added some new items this year, too, including:

  • Copia Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • Trader’s Point Organic Yogurt
  • Nehi Peach Soda
  • Granville Gourmet Whoopie Pies
  • Gourmet Farm Girl chilis and soups
  • Shagbark Tortilla Chips
  • OH! Chips
  • Gujju Guys No-Bake Cookies
  • Rustbelt Pepper Relish
  • Randy’s Pickles
  • Cleveland Kraut
  • JB’s BBQ Sauce (made from Jackie O’s Ale)
  • Green Magic Apothecary Salves & Such
  • Crazy Monkey Granola
  • Gourmet Peanut Butter Snack Mixes
  • Handmade Peach & Apple earrings, magnets, & keychains 
  • Unkle Timz Gourmet Salsa
  • Huckleberry Homestead baked goods

We look forward to seeing you in Utica. It's a great country village to visit with Velvet Ice Cream located just a few miles away. After U-Pick starts you can bring the family, pick some peaches and apples, have a picnic, play some corn hole on our new boards, take a picture with Doodles our giant rooster, and take a book home from our new Little Free Library. Life moves fast, be sure to slow down long enough to enjoy it! Life is as peachy as YOU make it :)

June is here! Almost time for peaches!

It seems that just yesterday we were complaining about the cold days of April. Now the 80 degree temperatures have arrived and there are thousands and thousands of baby fruits maturing before our eyes here in Utica. It is truly a beautiful sight to see mother nature working away while we all carry on with our busy lives. Marshall expects the peaches to begin to ripen around mid-July, a little later than last year, but he says the crop looks great! The apples and pears appear to be doing very good as well.

Here are some updates from our last newsletter that was emailed on May 30th:

1. We've added two more CSA pick-up locations! Deliveries will now include Wednesday Westerville Farmers' Market and Grandview at The Butcher and Grocer, where you can buy meats from Ohio. You should see the sausages they make in-house! And they are going to make a peach and basil breakfast sausage out of our peaches! Yum! This means you can now pick up CSA subscriptions at six locations. Go HERE to sign up.

2. Love books? So do we! Our market in Utica will soon have a Little Free Library. Our goal is to stock the library with books about apples, peaches, sustainability, gardening and farming. When you visit to pick your own this year, stop by the Little Free Library and grab a book to read or bring one to donate for others to read. Learn more about Little Free Libraries HERE.

3. We now have 4'x4'x3' boxes of apple wood for smoking foods for sale for $35 each or fill up the bed of a truck for $75. There are also small piles for $5. If we aren't around when you visit you can pay at the Honor System Box. The wood has already aged for about a month. 

4. The owner and quality control manager from Columbus Brewing Company visited the orchard on Tuesday May 29th. They bought 1,000 pounds of our peaches last year and made a sour beer that they aged in wine barrels. It’s not available to the public yet (they’re thinking fall) but we know it’s good because they’ve already won a bronze medal at World Beer Cup with the yet to be named peach sour! They brought us samples of their award-winning beer and we think it's delicious and refreshing! We will let you know when the peach beer is bottled because CBC expects to sell out quickly. See photos from their visit on Facebook HERE.

5. We are busy getting the market in Utica ready to open around mid-July. Our crew is busy thinning peach trees and tidying up for the 2018 season. 

6. We will be at the following farmers' markets beginning mid-July:

-Westerville on Wednesday

-New Albany on Thursday

-GranvilleClintonvilleWorthington and the NEW Westerville market at Otterbein on Saturdays.

 

Spring is slowly raising her sleepy head!

Yes, it seems that winter overstayed her welcome and the cold weather has us all scratching our heads wondering what mother nature is thinking. But, alas, this week, April 16th to be exact, we witnessed the first peach blossoms on the farm. Victoria peaches are the first to blossom here in Utica and oddly enough, the last to harvest. Marshall says the blooms are about two weeks later than last year so he expects that the early harvest of 2017 will be delayed until at least mid-July. Victoria's beautiful pink blooms remind us that no matter how long the winter might be, warmth and sunshine are on their way. Now that's exciting!

We are also excited to announce the addition of two more CSA's this year. Last year we delivered to our subscribers in Clintonville and Upper Arlington on Mondays and this year we will be delivering to Bexley and Newark on Tuesdays. You can sign up for a bi-weekly delivery of fresh fruit here on our site now.

Also, for the second year, we are partnering with Bird's Haven Farm to offer a half peck of peaches and apples as an addition to their delicious produce CSA. Sign up here.

We will also be adding the Uptown Westerville SATURDAY 9am-Noon Farmers' Market. We already attend the Wednesday Westerville market but are looking forward to the Saturday market as well. You can see who else is attending here

More updates are coming soon. Marshall and the field crew are busy pruning trees and planting a few new peach varieties. We look forward to seeing all of you at the farmers' markets, CSA pick ups, and of course, here in the market and out in the orchard in Utica!

Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! We know you are all busy baking, cooking, welcoming and catching up, yet many of you have taken the time to send photos of your pies, cobblers and sauces. It means so much to us, as we sit down to our meals, to know that we are a small part of your celebration. In between all the slicing, dicing and mixing a thought came to mind: that apples are perfect on their own, a centerpiece, a simple and true reflection of life on the orchard. We planted, tended, pruned and picked thousands of pieces of fruit this year, but in case we forgot to say so, we are thankful for Mother Nature.

We are also thankful for our healthy (and growing!) families, our tireless crew, who always laugh, sing and work hard, no matter the weather. We are thankful for our staff, dedicated and caring folks who make the extra effort that makes all the difference. We are thankful for the families who spend their weekends at the orchard, the adorable little kids that make us smile, the dogs who come to play with Jack, the customers who take the time to bring us pies and jams, and all the new people we met this year.

With continued thanks,

All of us at Branstool Orchards

Heading Towards Winter Apples ...

Dear Friends and Subscribers,

We are excited to tell you that today we opened up CAMEO, FLORINA, FUJI, SUNCRISP & WINESAP for U-Pick. They all taste fantastic and are gorgeous -- these trees are perfect backdrops for fall photos. 

We are still making fresh cider and have it for sale in Utica. While fresh peaches are a distant dream, you can get your peach fix from Urban Spreads' jams. They delivered peach and cranberry flavors today and we find ourselves thinking back to the amazing peach season and forward to (gulp!) Thanksgiving!

This HEAT!

Okay, so we haven't posted in FOR-ever! But we have a good reason -- PEACHES! What an amazing peach season we had. Thank you to all of our customers, old and new!

It has been unseasonably warm (okay, it is HOT!), but that didn't stop apple pickers from coming out this past weekend. We welcomed a lot of new visitors to the orchard -- thanks for spreading the word to your friends.

We're excited that Mother Nature is sending cool, dry weather this weekend. We're going to fill the market with all sorts of squash, pumpkins, mums and other fun fall goodies. And cider. Lots of cider. Still lots of apples to pick this year: Cameo, Florina (Querina), Idared, Melrose, Suncrisp, Goldrush, Winesap ... to name a few! Let the fall fun begin!

The apples are ripening early in this heat, but that's no problem for our amazing field crew. The number of apples they bring in daily is really quite something. They also press the cider and will be back at it tomorrow.  Early cider is heavy on Honeycrisp and you can taste it. It's all apples, nothing else, and we so enjoy seeing our repeat customers. (You know who you are, the folks who walk straight back to the cooler, eyes focused on the gallons of cider ...)

We've had so much fun this season and owe it to you. Make sure you say hi when you're out next time.

 

Red Havens!

Best crop in years! We are picking Red Havens all day today. Weather looks great this week so we'll get a lot done in the orchard. Great time to come and pick your own as well because it won't be so hot.

Sweet corn has arrived -- our local farmer delivers regularly. The corn is grown a few miles from here. You really can taste the freshness.

Lots of other produce as well as plants in the Utica farm market. And we are going strong at all the farmers markets throughout the week. 

Busy season is the most fun season!

Summer is here!

We had a busy spring and are excited to move into the summer harvest season. Desiree, our earliest peach, will be ready in early July.  

But first, the big news is that we finally finished thinning all the peach trees! It was a huge job and everyone pitched in. We are happy that the peaches we left on the branches are ripening up beautifully. We'll have peaches for sale in the Utica farm market by mid-July.

We'll be at the following farmers' markets starting in early July: 

  • Tuesday: Newark 4-7
  • Wednesday: Westerville 3-6
  • Thursday: New Albany 4-7
  • Friday: Newark 4-7
  • Saturday: Clintonville 9-12, Granville 8:30-12, Worthington 8:00-12

What started as a few friends asking us to bring peaches home to Columbus is now a thriving CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. We will deliver fruit to Clintonville and Upper Arlington on Monday afternoons and are hoping to expand to other towns as well. Let us know if you and a group of friends are interested in starting a drop-off in your area. The good folks at Bird's Haven Farms in Granville are including our peaches and apples in their CSA this year. Contact them for more information if you live in that area.

Stay tuned for regular updates as summer gets underway,

Marshall and the Staff of Branstool Orchards