Harvest Schedule

Harvest Schedule

Family owned and operated since 1958, all of the produce available at Woodstock Orchards LLC is grown on premises and picked daily. We take great care of our crops and make every effort to ensure they’re harvested at peak ripeness. Serving customers in Woodstock, and across New England we offer pick-your-own apples and blueberries when they’re in season. Additionally, our retail store has an abundance of locally made items including maple syrup, honey, sauces, jams, pickled vegetables and more.

Below are the harvest schedules for the fruits, vegetables and other products we offer. Call or visit Woodstock Orchards today to pick up fresh produce, baked goods and enjoy a fun and relaxing farm experience with your family!

Apples

Variety Harvest Time Available Now? (Y/N) Characteristics
Braeburn Late Sept Yes

Tart, crisp & juicy

Cameo Mid October Yes

Fairly new apple thought to be a cross of red delicious & golden delicious. Juicy flesh, sweet flavor with touch of tartness

Cortland Mid Sept Yes

Juicy, sweet with a hint of tartness; white flesh makes it great for salads, sauces and baking. Slow to brown when cut.

Crispin/Mutsu Mid Oct Yes

Moderately sweet flavor with juicy, firm and creamy white flesh

Golden Delicious Early Sept Yes

Very good, sweet & rich, with smooth skin

Red Delicious Early Sept Yes

Mild flavor, sweet & juicy, deep ruby skin

Empire Late Sept Yes

Cross of Red Delicious & McIntosh; sweet, tart taste; ideal for eating fresh and salads

Fuji Early Oct Yes

Flesh is dense and crisp with a sweet flavor

Gala Late Aug Yes

Sweet flavor; good for eating fresh and pies

Ginger Gold Late Aug No

The earliest dessert apple

Honey Crisp Mid Sept Yes

Cross of Macoun & Honey gold; crisp & juicy

Ida Red Late Aug Yes

Tangy flavor, crisp & crunchy flesh

Jersey Mac Mid Aug No

An early strain of McIntosh

Jonagold Mid Sept Yes

Cross of Golden Delicious and Jonathan; aromatic, honey sweet with a hint of tartness

Jonamac Mid Sept No

Cross of Jonathan and McIntosh

Macoun Mid Sept Yes

A New England favorite; extra sweet, aromatic, juicy with a hint of crunch

Macintosh Early Sept Yes

Has an aromatic fragrance complimented by its sweetness with a hint of tart and juicy taste

Paula Red Late Aug No

Has sprightly taste, not too sweet, not too tart

Pink Lady End Oct No

Golden delicious cross; juicy & crunchy, slightly tart and sweet

Russet Early Oct Yes

Incredible sweet flavor, no natural wax on skin; high in protein

Other Fruits & Vegetables

Press Time: September 1 through May 31

Our cider is processed through a series of UV lights, rather than pasteurized, to ensure safety and flavor meeting regulatory and our own high standards. It is fresh pressed with no preservatives or additives.

Weather permitting, Woodstock Orchards offers daily cut asparagus to our customers beginning in April. Asparagus are harvested for a 6-7 week period beginning in late April or early May through mid to late June.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family, along with onions, leeks and garlic. Five ounces of asparagus contain 60% of the recommended daily intake of folic acid, which prevents heart disease and birth defects. It’s also an excellent source of thiamin and vitamin B6.

Harvest Time: July 15 – Mid to end August
Types of blueberries: Blue Crop, Berkeley, Blue Ray, Coville

Fresh blueberries are in their prime from mid July through August. Customers enjoy easiest picking in the earliest weeks of harvest. You may find that blueberries are often coated with a light, white coating known as “bloom.” This isn’t harmful and actually helps prevent deterioration.

Water on fruit accelerates deterioration, so it’s best to not wash blueberries until you are ready to use them. Store them in the refrigerator, unwashed and in a rigid container covered with cling wrap. If freshly-picked, they should last up to two weeks.

Harvest Time: Beginning of August

Corn is grown by our friends and picked daily at local Chase Road Growers who have mastered the art of growing sweet corn. Call us to place advance orders for larger quantities for party events or freezing.

Harvest Time: July – September
Types of Cucumbers: A large variety of slicers and pickling cucumbers.

Good quality cucumbers should be firm, well-shaped and have an even, dark green color and uniform size. Our cucumbers are untreated/unwaxed. Cucumbers should be stored in the refrigerator where they will keep for several days.

Harvest Time: Mid July – early September

We offer classic and fingerling varieties of eggplant. Eggplants are very perishable. Place uncut, unwashed eggplant in a plastic bag and store in refrigerator crisper where it will keep for a few days.

Harvest Time: Beginning of August

Store fresh garlic in either uncovered or loosely covered container in a cool, dark place away from exposure to heat and sunlight. It is not necessary to refrigerate garlic.

Harvest Time: Beginning of August
Types of Onions: Yellow Onion & Red Bull Onion

Store onions in well ventilated space at room temperature, away from heat and bright light. Except for green onions, do not refrigerate.

Harvest Time: August through September
Types of Melons: Lil Loupe, Goddess Melons, Superstar, Gold Star Melon, Maverick Muskmelon

Refrigerate melons, ideally in crisper bin for up to 5 days.

Ripening Melons

Store slightly under-ripe melons in a pierced paper bag at room temperature for a few days. Adding an apple to the bag will coax the fruit into ripeness. A ripe melon will give slightly when pressed on the stem end and will produce a delicate fragrance from the blossom end. Once it does so, store in the refrigerator.

Storing Ripe, Uncut Melons

Despite their hardy appearance, melons are quite perishable. Keep ripe melons away from other fruit so that the ethylene gas that they produce does not speed up the fruit’s ripening. Uncut ripe melons should keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Storing Cut Melons

When storing a halved melon, leave the seeds in to help keep it fresh. Once you’ve cut into a melon, wrap the remainder in plastic and it should keep in the fridge for about 3 days.

Harvest Time: Late August through October 31

Woodstock Orchards offer over 20 varieties of mums accommodating the different season periods bloom is preferred (early, mid-season, late season, or season extender). We offer mums in 6” and 14” pots available in season.

Harvest Time: August – September
Types of Peaches: White & Yellow

Store peaches at room temperature until ripe, once ripe refrigerate in a plastic bag. Canning peaches are available at times during the season. Call for availability.

Harvest Time: Mid July – October 1

Types of Peppers: Botyton Bell – green, Red Knight Pepper, Islander Pepper, Snapper Bell Pepper, Camelot – green X3R, Camelot – green, Summer Sweet, Yellow Bell, Flamingo Red, Hungarian h Wax, Red Knight Pepper, Cherry Bomb Pepper, Habanero Pepper, ElJefe Hot Jalapeno, Anaheim Chile Red Ripe, Jalapeno M Pepper, Cayenne lg thick Pepper, Hot Portugal, Pepper Pimiento, Lipstick-sweet Pimento, Revolution, Early Sunsation, Valencia, Caribbean Red Habanero, Inferno, Super Chile Hybrid, Ancho.

Various forms of peppers have long been used to satisfy our culinary experience but as it turns out, there is a lot more to the pepper than meets the eye. They’re used for aromatherapy, muscle problems and to help fight a cold or flu. Peppers provide benefits to our respiratory, digestive and immune system. Refrigerate peppers in vegetable compartment.

Harvest Time: Shyro Plums are harvested in mid-July, Italian Prune in mid-September and Stanley Plums in late September.

When selecting plums, look for ones that show good color for their variety with a slight firmness, but plums with a little give to the touch are fine too.

Plums are best picked mature but not fully ripe. Store the plums at room temperature until fully ripened and ready to eat. To accelerate the ripening process when you bring them home, place the plums in a paper bag along with an ethylene producing fruit such as a banana, apple or pear. Plums are ripe and ready to eat when they give off a sweet plum aroma and are soft to the touch. Once ripened, store the plums in the refrigerator until eaten but keep them away from ethylene-producing fruit so they do not over ripen. Plums can be frozen, however, to ensure maximum taste remove stone pits before freezing.

Harvest Time: Mid September through November 1

Woodstock Orchards has all varieties of pumpkins on our farm, from Jack-O-Lantern to Sugar Pumpkin!

We offer decorative, edible, and edible seed pumpkins. Woodstock Orchards grows a large variety for stuffing, baking, cooking, carving, and decorating.

Harvest Time: From July to September
Types of Tomatoes: Mountain Fresh Plus, Trust Tomato (greenhouse), Sunshine, Roma (pear shaped), Pony Express, Red Grape, Juliet, Grape, Super Sweet 100 (cherry tomatoe).

We offer varieties of canning tomatoes. Call ahead to check availability. When selecting tomatoes, choose ones that are firm, glossy, smooth, plump, heavy for their size and free of bruises.