Spring at Crooked Run Orchard

31 03 2011

Spring is evident all around us here at the orchard. Unfortunately, the town continues to pursue a road through our family farm.

Sam has been busy pruning the apple trees and we are waiting to see the first blossoms on our sour cherry trees. We spotted these deer in the orchard yesterday, as well as numerous migratory birds. We’re looking forward to our spring asparagus at the end of April (when available, this will be in the farm stand), and we’ll keep you updated as the seasons continue.

Sam and I would like to thank all our customers, friends and neighbors who have expressed such strong support for us. We will continue to fight for our farm and we look forward to seeing you all as the weather turns warmer.





Apples, Apples, Apples! (Yes, available now!)

26 12 2010

Just when you thought that winter had settled in and the only apples available were the ones on the grocery store shelf, Crooked Run Orchard has a special treat for you!

Our Gala apples are big and juicy this season!

We have apples (red delicious, golden delicious, Jonagold, Mutsu, and Braeburn) for  $1 a pound and Yoinashi pears for $1.50 a pound available now in our stand, which is open from dawn to dusk daily. For more information, just call our automated line (540)338-6642 before you leave home. Click here for directions.

Best wishes from all of us at Crooked Run Orchard for a healthy and happy New Year!

 





Our Holiday Wreaths Are Ready!

26 11 2010

We are pleased to announce that our hand made holiday wreaths are available in the farm stand, with prices ranging from $5 to $40. We make these wreaths ourselves from bio-degradable materials collected from our farm and other farms.

Our wreaths and swag are available in many sizes, and we collect most of the materials right here on our farm! We use White Pine, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine, Arborvitae, Boxwood, Cedar, and Frazier Fir (the Frazier Fir is from another farm) – all assembled by Sam and me.

Our farm stand is full of wreaths, swags, table top arrangements, pine cones, and we even have some of our apples, gourds and cooking pumpkins for sale!

We accept cash and checks, sorry, we do not accept credit cards currently. Be sure to stop by early for the best selection – we can also make wreaths to order if you call us… 540-338-7445.

We wish you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Uta & Sam Brown





PYO Closed For The Season – Farm Stand Open 4 November 2010

2 11 2010

After a very busy and fruitful picking season we are pleased to announce that starting Thursday, November 4th 2010, our farm stand will re-open. Hours are dawn to dusk, and we have a great selection of apples, pumpkins, gourds and local farm products. Thank you to our many friends and customers who have made 2010 such a great season!





Weekend Picking Guide October 28,29,30,31 2010

28 10 2010

This will be our last PYO weekend for 2010! We will be offering PYO apples, pumpkins (these are already picked for you), and a great selection of small gourds  – guaranteed to be a hit!

We will be open for PYO each day from 9:00 am to 5pm. Because we will be closing promptly at 5pm, we ask that you time your visit to arrive no later than 4:30 pm for picking. Please keep in mind that picking pressure can outpace the availability of ripe fruit, some come early.

Apples picked from the trees are $1 a pound, and if you’re making apple sauce you can collect dropped apples for 50 cents a pound. Pumpkins are 45 cents per pound, the same as last year. For up to the minute picking information, just call our automated line (540)338-6642 before you leave home. Click here for directions.

If you are a group leader or tour operator, please click here for information about group visits.

Crooked Run NEVER charges an admission fee, and parking is always free, too. You pay only for what you pick, or pick up from our stand. No dogs, please, due to sanitary reasons. We have several picnic tables that you’re welcome to enjoy with your family… see you at the orchard!





Video From The Good Hope Awards

26 10 2010

Crooked Run Orchard was recently recognized for our ongoing support of Bread for the City, a charitable organization in Washington. Our apples have fed hundreds of folks, and we’re thrilled to be a part of such a worthwhile cause.

Here is a video from the award ceremony at the National Press Club:





Weekend Picking Guide: 22,23,24 October 2010

22 10 2010

This weekend looks to be another set of beautiful, warm, lovely autumn days in Virginia! We will be offering PYO apples, pumpkins (these are already picked for you), and a great selection of small gourds  – guaranteed to be a hit!

We will be open for PYO each day from 9:00 am to 5pm. Because we will be closing promptly at 5pm, we ask that you time your visit to arrive no later than 4:30 pm for picking. Please keep in mind that picking pressure can outpace the availability of ripe fruit, some come early.

Apples picked from the trees are $1 a pound, and if you’re making apple sauce you can collect dropped apples for 50 cents a pound. Pumpkins are 45 cents per pound, the same as last year. For up to the minute picking information, just call our automated line (540)338-6642 before you leave home. Click here for directions.

If you are a group leader or tour operator, please click here for information about group visits.

Crooked Run NEVER charges an admission fee, and parking is always free, too. You pay only for what you pick, or pick up from our stand. No dogs, please, due to sanitary reasons. We have several picnic tables that you’re welcome to enjoy with your family… see you at the orchard!





We Are Honored

18 10 2010

Over the years we’ve been involved with many charitable causes in the greater Washington DC area, which is one of the very rich benefits of owning and running a farm dedicated to producing high quality food for the community. One such organization that we’re very proud to be associated with is Bread For the City, which provides food, clothing, shelter, primary medical care and social services for low income residents of the District.

Each growing season, Bread For The City organizes volunteers to come to our fields to glean fruit and vegetables to feed folks in DC. Their volunteers are great people who provide a very valuable service and we look forward to working with them each year. This year we were chosen by Bread For The City to receive one of their annual Good Hope Awards at the National Press Club.

We’re as pleased as pie to have been a small part of such a great organization, and we thank Bread For The City for recognizing our farm family this year. As we move closer to the holiday season, we urge our friends and neighbors to consider spreading the good will wherever possible. It’s just the right thing to do.





A quick update…

17 10 2010

We are temporarily out of pumpkins due to a very successful Loudoun Farm Tour Weekend and wonderful weather. We’ll be sure and post as soon as we bring more out to the stand. Thank you all for your continued support, and we hope that you’ve enjoyed this beautiful weekend as much as we have!





Weekend Picking Guide: October 15,16,17 2010

14 10 2010

This weekend is the Loudoun Fall Colors Farm Tour! We will be offering PYO apples, pumpkins (these are already picked for you), and a local fresh meat producer will be on hand, too! We’ve got a great selection of small gourds and squash  – guaranteed to be a hit!

We will be open for PYO each day from 9:00 am to 6pm. Because we will be closing promptly at 6pm, we ask that you time your visit to arrive no later than 5:30 pm for picking. Please keep in mind that picking pressure can outpace the availability of ripe fruit, some come early.

In other news, the town of Purcellville began marking the centerline of their proposed roadway through our property. They plan to do a ‘quick take’ of our property and in the process they will carve up our farm, destroy our barn, and demolish over 40 mature fruit trees. Click here to view the town council members and send them an email saying NO ROAD THROUGH OUR FARM! We’d like to offer a very heartfelt THANK YOU to the many folks who have taken the time to email the Town of Purcellville. Please keep your messages of support coming, and don’t forget to CC: us in, too!

Apples picked from the trees are $1 a pound, and if you’re making apple sauce you can collect dropped apples for 50 cents a pound. Pumpkins are 45 cents per pound, the same as last year. We will also have fresh herbs: sage, oregano, lemon balm, rosemary that you can ask for.  We don’t precut it because we don’t want it to dry out.  We also have the unusual Bolivian herb called Quilquina (it’s a papalo). We might be the only farm on the east coast to be offering it!  We also have about four or five mints that we would be glad to share and for those people who are really into good herbal teas, some hyssop. Please call us at (540)338-7445 before you leave home to let us know which herbs you’re interested in.

For up to the minute picking information, just call our automated line (540)338-6642 before you leave home. Click here for directions.

If you are a group leader or tour operator, please click here for information about group visits.

Crooked Run NEVER charges an admission fee, and parking is always free, too. You pay only for what you pick, or pick up from our stand. No dogs, please, due to sanitary reasons. We have several picnic tables that you’re welcome to enjoy with your family… see you at the orchard!








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