Currently we are at the beginning of UPick Apple and Grape seasons - please always check Facebook prior to coming out to check for changes in field or orchard conditions. Generally, the orchards are open 8am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday (last pickers enter at 5pm) and 8am-1pm Tuesday through Friday (last pickers enter at Noon). The weekday hours will expand when the afternoon temperatures drop in September.
Please see below for details regarding apple varieties and their estimated harvest dates. We offer both the Muscadine and Scuppernong varieties of grapes. Between our fields and orchards, Cullipher Farm Market is able to offer seasonal UPick opportunities starting with strawberries in the spring to pumpkins in the fall as follows (crops and approximate dates):
Apples Mid-August to late October
Pumpkins Late September to Halloween
Spring 2022: Strawberries and Blueberries
Early July to Mid-August 2022: Peaches
August 2022: Sunbelt Grapes (concord variety)
PETS: We love pet but unless you have a service animal, please leave your pets at home when experiencing our U-Pick crops and shopping at our Market. Please check in with our staff if you do bring a service animal. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 prohibits pets on our farm grounds.
2021 APPLE VARIETIES
Apples have the following with estimate ready dates (some of these varieties are very limited so may be a one day/weekend crop). Variety characteristics are listed below the estimated schedule.
8/21 Summerset, Ambrosia and Crimson Crisp (picked out for 2021)
9/1 Crimson Crisp - 2nd crop
9/27 Ludacrisp and Spitzenburg
10/20 Pink Lady and Gold Rush
Ambrosia: Ambrosia apples are known for their fantastic fresh flavor, ripe juiciness, pink & cream blush skin, excellent shelf life, and fine flesh that resists browning. Refreshing, crisp, floral notes, crisp, fine grained flesh and very sweet with low acidity
Crimsoncrisp: This medium sized fruit has a crimson red color over almost the entire apple. It has a very firm, crisp texture with a tart and complex flavor. Lovely red blush, crisp flesh, firm and dense, juicy.
Enterprise: Developed by researchers at Perdue University this deep red apple has uniform medium to medium-large sized fruit. This is a great cooking!
Evercrisp: The MAIA-1 apple variety is marketed as EverCrisp® under strict quality control. Packing a loud crunch, the apple combines the best of its parents HoneyCrisp and Fuji.
Gold Rush: This fruit stores very well and has a gorgeous golden color with red blushing. It is crisp and tart when picked right off the tree; however its sugars develop post harvest and balance out. This is a good baking apple.
Ludacrisp: A cross between a Honeycrisp and an unknown second parent, it was bred by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association which describes the flavor as tropical and maybe like "Juicy Fruit" chewing gum.
Pink Lady (Crisp Pink): This attractive pink blushed apple with a yellow background is medium to large with an exceptionally crisp and sweet-tart flavor that balances well. This variety stores well.
Rosalee: Sweet, crunchy and juicy, the Rosalee is a Fuji – Honeycrisp cross with some of the best qualities from both parents.
September Wonder: Early variety of Fuji
Shizuka: Developed in Japan and sister to Mutsu, this exceptionally large fruit has a mild sweet flavor.
Summerset: Another Fuji-Honeycrisp cross, Summerset ripens alongside traditional Honeycrisp.
Spitzenburg: The Spitzenburg apple tree was discovered in the late 1700s by an early Dutch settler of that name. Thomas Jefferson ordered a dozen trees for his orchard in Monticello. The Spitzenburg apple is unexcelled in flavor and quality, the fruit is great off the tree, but flavor improves immensely in storage. Often medium sized with crisp, yellow skin covered with inconspicuous red stripes and russet freckles, the flesh is tinged yellow, firm, aromatic, complex in flavor with sprightly and spicy undertones complimented with a perfect balance between sharp and sweet.
Suncrisp: A cross between a Golden Delicious and Cox Orange Pippin developed by the New Jersey Apple breeding program this apple receives high marks for its flavor profile. It has a beautiful golden color with orange blush. It has a sweet and spicy flavor great for fresh eating and baking.
Winecrisp: This medium to large sized apple is deep purple-red in color. It is very firm, juicy and crisp. Its "wine-like" flavor is pleasantly balanced and has a sweet-tart and spicy flavor.