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.
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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, October 4: Adventures in Flavor! Orchard tour and tastings, PLUS: 2nd Annual Applepalooza! (on the same day) 2 to 7PM. 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 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. Be sure to plan to stay for the potluck (see below): apple-themed, of course! All are welcome - free admission. Location: 3232 Limestone Rd. Cochranville, PA.
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2nd Annual Applepalooza! Come out to the farm and expect an afternoon filled with all things apple. Of course, Ike will be conducting his tasting tours, but there will also be games, activities, and contests - not to mention an apple-themed potluck for dinner. Bring a dish to share which contains apples in some manner. Then not only enjoy everyone else's dishes, but help vote for the winners! Prizes will be awarded for: Best Main Dish, Best Side Dish, and Best Sweet. Bring your plates and forks (and perhaps a lawn chair), and then prepare to dig in!
Saturday, October 18: Adventures in Flavor! Orchard tour and tastings, PLUS: PIE EXPLORER! 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 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. All are welcome - free admission. Location: 3232 Limestone Rd. Cochranville, PA.
PIE EXPLORER!: Can you make an awesome apple sweet? If so, we want to try it! For our final "Adventures in Flavor!" day this year, we're having a "pie" contest. Entry is simple: make an apple pie (crisp, crumble, bars, etc.) and bring it along with you. All we ask is that your creation have apples in it, but you can make it as unique as you want. Classic apple pie? Yum! Apple and green chiles? Sure! Cranberry apple? Of course! Bacon apple? Why not! Crisps, crumbs, cobblers, and tarts are all welcome. By the way, we don’t care if you use store bought crust - we can’t make one from scratch, so we wouldn’t ask you to do so. Bring an entry and then taste-test and help judge the winners! (Please, if you intend to be a judge, bring an entry as well!) Prizes will be awarded for: Best Sweet, Best Savory, and Most Unique.
Friday, October 24: Game Night with Potluck!: 6PM until farmer bedtime (9-9:30ish?) 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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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!