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.