2023 Reminders and Updates
On Saturdays and Sundays (typically after Labor Day) we will open the farm to visitors unless closed for private events. Information about our small farm changes day to day – we do our best to update our site but please check Facebook and Instagram too, if you’re on those channels. We are not allowing pets this year to give us some space to prioritize for the animals on the farm and get used to the growing crowds! Our farm is small in acreage but big on charm. We will be featuring Goodie Farm organic produce in our store, tastes of jams and sauces, and even Cornerstone BBQ most weekends for snacks and delicious bites. Meet our animals, get the shot for your Instagram, enjoy fall with us! If we do run out of apples for picking, there are many other local farms we encourage you to support, and you can “wine down” with us from 4-6.
WINE TASTING AND S’MORES
We hope you will join us for our most popular event, wine tasting and s’mores! It is the perfect way to end your day in Oak Glen. When we close our gates at 4pm, we light the bonfire and gather around to enjoy the fresh mountain air, music, wine, and s’mores. We highly recommend reservations ahead of time for this event so that we can plan accordingly! Book your visit here.
APPLE PICKING NOTES
Our apples are Stayman-Winesaps and were planted in 1910. This makes our trees very old! We ask that you please be respectful of our trees so that they can continue to produce fruit for years to come. When you are picking apples, you should twist them gently until they come off, do not yank. If you yank, this will actually damage the tree and the apple may not grow back the following year. Please do not climb our trees – it is not safe for you or the tree! We ask that you pick the lower apples first and then move up the tree after the lower branches are picked. We have pole props supporting our apple branches because they get too heavy with apples. Please do not remove the pole props as the trees need this support (again, they are very old!).
Stayman-Winesaps get sweeter as they ripen. The redder they are, the sweeter they are. If you pick an apple that is a little greener, it will taste a little more like a granny smith. You can pick apples with the level of redness you prefer, based on whether you like them more sweet or sourer. Stayman-Winesaps are wonderful right off the tree, but are also great for baking because they have a thick skin that will get crispy as it bakes, and the inside will get nice and soft.
Finally, Stayman-Winesaps have russeting at the top, which makes the tops of the apples look like they are scarred. This scarring, or russeting, happens when an apple gets really juicy quickly, and the skin actually breaks apart and then scars over where the skin broke open. This is completely natural and just means the apple is really juicy!
Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!