Pick Pears

Pick Pears

Being able to pick pears fresh is a luxury to say the least. Pears are usually ready last summer or early fall for picking. Of course, always be sure to check with your local fruit orchard to make sure. If you let pear ripen on the vine, then they will break down at the core and become soft and mushy on the inside. To determine the readiness of the fruit, be aware of the ease of removal. If there are already pears on the ground that have fallen from the tree, more than likely, you may be too late. However, you should surely pick all of them.

To measure if the fruit it ready to be harvested, you can gently pull on the stem of the fruit. If the fruit snaps off cleany from the twig, then the pears are ready to be picked. Logically, on larger trees the fruit on the top ripens more quickly than the fruit near the bottom of the tree. Once the fruit is picked, then you can allow it to ripen naturally. However, there are other varieties of pears that don’t allow for natural ripening once removed from the twig. Late ripening varities such as Anjou, Bosc and Comice. These particular varieties are a little more high maintanence. The need about 3-4 weeks of storage in 32-45 degrees temperature–you can store them in a refrigerator or a cellar if it is cool enough. Furthermore, wrapping these varieties while they are ripening is a good idea, to prevent shriveling. Below is a listing of places where you can pick your own pears.

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Whittier Fruit Farm

Whittier Fruit FarmWhittier Fruit Farm

The Whittier Fruit Farm began its operations in 1974 as a pick your own fruit farm with apples as its main fruit. During fall, the farm opens to accommodate families ready to start filling their baskets with apples.

The fruit farm eventually branched out to grow pumpkins, apricots, raspberries, sweet cherries and a few variety of plums. The Russell family also opened a store inside the farm, storing ice cream and fruit for sale.

Located at 219 Whittier Road Rochester, New York, USA, the Whittier fruit farm welcomes school tours to help educate children about farming and agriculture in a fun way. It also aims to inculcate the love for eating healthy food (fruits and vegetables).

As for picking your own fruit, Whittier farm lets you choose among different apple varieties, doughnut peaches and sweet cherries. Pumpkin picking is also available when in season. As for blueberries, a different pick your own fruit farm (Russell’s U-Pick Blueberries) is located at Lake Ontario, Niagara County near the Somerset power plant.

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Sweetberry Farm

Sweetberry Farm

Sweetberry FarmSweetberry Farm is located at 1801 FM 1980 Marble Falls, Texas, USA. This fruit farm offers a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

There’s the express barrel train ride, pick your own flowers, horse rides and stuff your own scarecrow. You can also bring your scarecrow buddy back home. For art lovers, there’s pumpkin painting (you can bring home the pumpkin as a memento), face painting and sand art.

As a pick your own fruit farm, Sweetberry Farm offers you pick strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and gourds. There’s also a scarecrow island, kids maze and the Texas maze (the maze is shaped like the state).

The farm welcomes group field trips but you need to call ahead for reservations. No pets are allowed on the farm but there’s a petting zoo that you can visit.

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Schultz Fruitridge Farms

Schultz Fruitridge Farms Schultz Fruitridge Farms

Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. located at 60139 County Road 652, Mattawan, West Michigan, USA has been in the Schultz family for three generations. “Pick the Best” is the Schultz Fruitridge Farms’ tagline and the family strives to give its visitors just that.

The family operated one of the fruit picking farms in the area that lets you pick out fruit like apples, blueberries, cherries, grapes, pears, peaches and more. There are 20 apple varieties to choose from that are sold per bushel, 1/2 bushel, peck and 1/2 peck. The same measurement goes for peaches.

The Schultz family also herds bison at the Gravel Canyon Bison Ranch. High in protein and low in fat, bison is dubbed as “original health food”. The bison are managed without the help of any antibiotics or growth hormones.

This pick your own fruit farm also offers other products like honey, fruit jams, fruit butters and maple syrup. There are also apple cider as well as donuts from the new Donut Depot.

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U Pick Farms

U Pick Farms

U Pick FarmsU Pick Farms are places where you and your family can enjoy a fruit-picking activity that’s both fun and nutritious. For an entrance fee, you can bring your family to harvest the farm’s produce all on your own. The produce for pick your farms vary. Some produce can be vegetables like cabbages, asparagus, lima beans, peppers, squash and spinach. Other produce are fruits like strawberries, plums, grapes, peaches, cherries and apples.

Pick your own fruit farms are most popular among children. This is due to the fact that while harvesting the their fruits of choice, they also get to eat them right there and then. Unlike vegetables which often need to be cooked, fruit are more appealing due to their read to eat quality.

Fruit picking farms can be found all over the US. You can check for a list of nearby U pick farms in your area for the harvest schedule, list of activities you can join and tours or packages you can avail.

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Interview with Steve Hirsch of Hirsch Fruit Farm

Hirsch Fruit FarmInterview with Steve Hirsch of Hirsch Fruit Farm

Thanks to Steve Hirsch of Hirsch Fruit Farm for this inteview!

Where is your farm located?
We are located in Ross County in south central Ohio, about 3 miles southwest of Chillicothe.

What year was the farm started?
My great, great grandfather, Peter Hirsch, bought the first piece of property here on February 29, 1872.  Family tradition has it that my great grandfather, John Hirsch, started growing peaches about 1890 and the orchard expanded from there.

Hirsch Fruit Farm

Hirsch Fruit Farm

What is your role with Hirsch Fruit Farm?
I am one of the owner-operators along with my father, cousin and brother.

What all do you grow?
We have become very diversified over the years and now grow asparagus, strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, nectarines, blackberries, plums, pears, apples, red & yellow peppers, grapes and pumpkins and gourds.  We start picking asparagus at the beginning of April and are usually picking something every day until the end of October. Apples are our largest crop and we grow about 30 varieties of apples.  We are picking different varieties of apples from the first of July to the end of October and try to have apples available in our markets 8-10 months in the year.  We also produce our own apple cider and have it available year ‘round.

Hirsch Fruit Farm Ripe ApplesWhat made you decide to grow apples?
We have been growing apples for over a hundred years.  We don’t grow the same varieties now as we did in the early 1900s.  Though we do grow a few older varieties, McIntosh, Cortland, Grimes Golden and Northern Spy, consumer tastes and uses have changed over the years and we have changed our variety mix to try to satisfy those changing tastes.

Can people visit your farm?

Apples on Trees at Hirsch Fruit Farm

Apples on Trees at Hirsch Fruit Farm

Our farm has changed over its’ first hundred and twenty years from a mainly wholesale marketer to a mainly retail marketer.  We have an on farm market that is open all year, Monday through Saturday 9am to 6pm.  We also have an off-farm market on the north side of Chillicothe that is also open year round.  We also participate in four farmers markets in the central Ohio area during the summer.  The third full weekend in September, we host an open house here at the farm and give orchard tours as well as having many other activities for families to participate in.

Are you a Pick-Your-Own farm?

Fruit in Crates at Store

Fruit in Crates at Store

We do offer PYO strawberries in early summer and as part of our open house weekend we offer PYO apples.

How many products do you have?
We produce our own fresh, sweet apple cider about 9 months each year.   Our apple cider is made with no additives or preservatives and is not highly filtered, preserving all of the flavor and nutrients.  As we make during the winter, we freeze part of each batch of cider, so that we can have cider all summer long.  Our apple butter is made for us by a friend of ours at another orchard in Ohio.  Our preserves and other fruit butters are made for us by Dillman Farms.

What is your most popular product?

Pink Blossoms (Apples) at Hirsch Fruit Farms

Pink Blossoms (Apples) at Hirsch Fruit Farms

Our most popular product is probably our apple cider.  We have many people that rave about how great it tastes, in fact just last week I got an e-mail from someone who had tried our cider for the first time and said it was the best that he had ever tasted.  We also use our cider to make apple cider slush.  We have a slush machine in each market and it is a popular treat, especially in the summer.  We also do apple cider slush at a couple of fairs and festivals in the area.

What is your favorite part of the farm?
I enjoy the interaction with our customers.  We have the ability to let folks try something before they buy it and helping them find the right apple, peach or other fruit that satisfies their need is fun.

What is your favorite season on the farm?

Apple Picking at Hirsch Fruit Farms

Apple Picking at Hirsch Fruit Farms

Early fall is my favorite season here at the farm.  We have such a diverse offering of fruits in the fall as we are picking apples, peaches, pears, plums, red raspberries, blackberries and grapes.  We also are picking pumpkins and peppers and the markets are brimming with a colorful bounty.

What is your favorite product that Hirsch Fruit Farm produces?
My favorite would be black raspberries.  There is nothing like the flavor of a fresh, ripe black raspberry.