All of the fruit sold in our farm store is grown right here at the orchard. We grow 19 varieties of apples, peaches, plums, pluots, grapes, blueberries, pears, quince, cherries, and hardy kiwi.
Early variety apples: Gingergold, Zestar, Paulared, Dandee Red, Lodi, Astrachan and Jersey Mac
Regular varieties: McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Fuji, Macoun, Gala, Empire, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Pink Lady’s, Granny Smith, Ambrosia and the recently planted Evercrisp variety
Peaches: Ernie’s Choice (a customer favorite), Canadian Harmony, Crest Haven, Red Haven, Gloria (a unique peach that stays firm and crunchy when ripe), and white peaches
Heirloom apple varieties: Spitzenburg, Hudson Golden Gem, Golden Russet, Pound Sweet and Northern Spy
Apricots: Early Blush, Goldrich, Harcot, Orange Red and more!
Plums: Long Johns, Shiro, Methley, Castleton, Santa Rosa, Queen Rosa, Friar, President, Victory
Grapes: Vanessa, Mars, and Marquee
In addition to our own fruit we carry a variety of local products in our farm store. Some of our local products include Bart’s Homemade ice cream, Boyden & Graves Maple Syrup, SideHill Yogurt and Cabot Cheese. We carry cider donuts and sweet cider from our friends and neighbors at Pine Hill. And, we carry some more of our own products, such as our Shelburne Honey Company Honey, store-made BBQ sauce and cider vinegar.
Ongoing conservation practices include sod waterways to divert runoff, which controls erosion. When we do logging operations, we do them sustainably by hiring a reputable forester. We work with crop consultants, which helps us control and minimize our pesticide usage, this also contributes to conserving the land and crop. Our new store has high efficiency insulation, high e value windows, and a energy efficient heating and cooling unit. We also have motion detector faucets to help reduce water usage. We conduct regularly scheduled energy audits. These audits help us with choosing efficient lighting, and we are upgrading our refrigeration to energy efficient units. In the orchard, we use drip irrigation to maintain a healthy orchard with minimum water usage. The orchards are all high-density trellised systems that reduce inputs into the orchard. We keep bees in the orchard to help maintain a pollinator base not only on the farm but also for the local area.
We installed solar panels four years ago to help us reduce our electrical usage. The solar panels provide about 50% of our warehouse facility’s electrical usage. That’s around 1000 kilowatts per month via solar panel.
Stop by the IPM institute to learn more about Integrated Pest Management practices.