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 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 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.