2018 Apple Crop
Our apple crop is very small this year. Some of the reasons for this include wet weather like we experienced this year during bloom when bees were needed to pollinate the crop. Consequently, our crop was significantly diminished. Our apple crop also endured 3 separate hail events. Hail can be very damaging to apples and can leave them bruised and deformed. Excessive rains in June and persistent heat in July without rain, also impacted the apple crop. Consequently, apple picking for our visiting customers this year will be very limited.
Here’s how it works when apple picking is made available
If you would like to pick apples, just let any one of our cashiers know. Once you prepay, you’ll be provided with a bag and an instruction sheet with tips for picking, washing, and storing. Please read the instructions before beginning to pick — this will help you get the most out of your picking experience! You will then be directed to the orchard where you will find trees that are marked with brightly colored tape to let you know which apples are ready to be picked.
It’s always a good idea to dress for the occasion! It’s best to wear comfortable shoes rather than open-toe sandals. You may even want to wear a long-sleeve shirt to avoid being scratched by branches or bothered by flying insects that like to hover around fallen fruit. Please do not bring picking poles as they are not allowed in the orchard.
We know you’ll have bushels of fun making memories and building a family tradition picking apples at Wills Family Orchard!
Cost: Prepay $25 for a 10-pound bag to fill from our orchard and take home.