North Star Orchard is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and specializes in growing unique and heritage varieties of tree fruits and a wide variety of vegetables. Fruit selections include several hundred varieties of apples and dozens of varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, and Asian pears.
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.
The second-best time is now.
Check here for farmers' market information, including locations and times.
Fruit and Veggie CSA Shares are available each year. You can enjoy the best of the farm's produce by becoming a CSA member. Learn about CSA Membership options here.
Saturday, September 20: Adventures in Flavor! Orchard tours and apple tastings, PLUS: GOO FEST! 2 to 5PM. Experience your own adventures in flavor as you taste-test dozens of apple varieties! Orchard tours are in the offing as well. Resident applehead Farmer Ike will be on hand to discuss many of the hundreds of varieties on the farm. This is a selection of flavors, colors, and textures you'll get to experience nowhere else. It is time to get your apple on - come out, taste, and discover some new favorite varieties! Enjoy DIY cider made on-site in a small hand-cranked press! You'll also be able to purchase some new and old favorites to take home and share (or not!) with your family and friends.
PLUS: Goo Fest! (same day, same time!): Celebrate apple season by enjoying them topped with, um, goo! Apples and peanut butter, sure. But how about apples and nutella? Or dark chocolate? Or Biscoff? Or Soynut butter? Or Cookies-n-Cream spread? Plus toppings like coconut, sprinkles, and nuts. It'll be like building a sundae only using apple slices instead of ice cream (no guilt?!). We'll have some toppings on hand, but please bring your own favorite(s) or experiment(s) to share. We'll supply the apple slices! ALSO - bring your sweet tooth...
All are welcome - free admission. Location: 3232 Limestone Rd. Cochranville, PA.
Friday, September 26: Game Night with Potluck!: 5:30PM until it's too dark for lamps or at farmer bedtime (9ish?) Bring a favorite game (or two) and a dish to share and enjoy gaming with friends in the barn. There are a number of gaming geeks here, so anything goes from Scrabble and Yahtzee to Settlers of Catan and Fluxx. Beverages and paperware provided. All ages welcome! Location: 3232 Limestone Rd. Cochranville, PA.
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Looks like we're all set for help in 2014. If you are interested in joining us in 2015 as a full-time/full-season on-farm helper, please click here for more information.
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We are constantly adding new fruit trees to the orchard, now consisting of hundreds of varieties. We invite you to be a part our flavorful adventure by sponsoring a baby tree. It is a great gift for yourself or your friends and family, or as a memorial for a special person. Click here for full details or order here.
We sell all of our products directly to consumers at area producer-only farmers' markets and through our CSA. Our business is known for its abundance of apple varieties, unique Asian pears, and the high standard of quality in all of our fruits and vegetables. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the farm in 2012 by planting a new and very unique orchard. The farm's current large selection of apple varieties has been joined by hundreds more (we're up to around 400 now). Our goal? To flavor the future! Check our calendar for fall Adventure in Flavor! events and explore some of the 400 yourself!
We have always been interested in both growing unusual varieties of fruit and vegetables and in using the newest ideas in training and trellising. We are concerned about the environment, are GMO free, and work hard to farm in a manner as sustainable and safe as possible.
Click here to learn more about the farm's history, the farm family, and their farming philosophy. Or, if you enjoy listening to podcasts, listen about our fruit geekdom on Jack's Farm Radio podcast...it's a good listen!