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. :)