Apple Explorer Tastings

Sample and learn about dozens of unique and rare apple varieties during tasting flights with the help of our Apple Experts

Apple fans and explorers of all ages are welcome!

Reservations are required, as seatings generally fill up before event day.

The Star Barn Market will be open for sales from 9AM until 3PM on all event days. All are welcome to visit and walk the farm and/or shop - no reservation required

Saturday, September 23rd
Sunday, October 8th
Saturday, October 21st

Each tasting day will include different apples, so come to one, two, or all three events - it's up to you!

Seated tastings start at 9:30, 11:30, and 1:30 and will last approximately 90 minutes each.

Plan to arrive a few minutes early for check-in. Tastings start promptly.

You'll be able to explore the farm with a self-guided tour and/or shop before and/or after your tasting experience (the farm store will remain open until 3:30 on tasting days).

Meet at the Star Barn Market at NSO: 
3232 Limestone Rd. Cochranville, PA 19330

Call 484-502-7360 if you need help finding us

Parking, walkways, buildings, and restrooms are all handicapped-accessible.

The farm itself is not handicapped accessible, but this event takes place
completely in handicapped-accessible areas.

Tastings Include:

Personalized introduction to and tasting of about 30 apple varieties (different varieties each event day), presented by our resident Apple Experts over a 90 minute time frame.

Learn about each variety’s notable characteristics and be stunned by the various flavors from floral to spicy, citrusy to berry-like

Water and palate cleansers (pretzels/crackers) provided

Tasting notes sheet to add to your Apple Passport (available for free onsite)

More Info:

Tastings are appropriate for all ages, although small children do tend to get bored.

NEW THIS YEAR: Only 1 tasting group will be seated at a time. The farm store will be open for sales to the public, so seatings will be not be in the barn, but either outdoors if the weather is nice, or in our classroom space if weather is not cooperative.

What to Bring:

  • A sense of adventure!
  • Your own palate cleanser/snack if you are intolerant of wheat/pretzels (which are provided)
  • A picnic lunch if you desire, and make a day or it

What NOT to Bring:

  • Pets or other animals
  • Additional guests without checking in with us ahead of time. We cannot accomodate more than 30 people per seating.

Tastings are held Rain or Shine

If the weather is nice and reasonably comfortable in temperature, we'll be seated outdoors.

If the weather is too wet, hot, or cold, we'll be seated indoors in a climate-controlled classroom area for your comfort.

Please dress appropriately for your comfort. If we're outdoors, a jacket and/or hat may be helpful as well.

Tastings will take place regardless of forecasted weather, as we can hold them either outdoors if it is nice, or indoors if the weather is inclement.

If your plans change, you may cancel your reservation up to 7 days prior to the date booked and receive a full refund. Any cancellations that occur less than 7 days prior to your reserved date will be refunded at 50%. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to your reserved date are not refundable.

If your plans change and you simply need to modify your reservation date, time, or number of attendees, please contact us as soon as possible to try to make other arrangements.

If we need to cancel the tasting for any reason, we will work with you to either come up with an alternative date for your experience or will refund your registration fee in full.

NEW THIS YEAR: Each seating will accomodate a maximum of 30 total guests and last about 90 minutes, allowing plenty of time to taste, chat, and ask questions.

Tastings are $15 per person over age 12, $5 per person aged 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under.

Note: Tastings are appropriate for all ages, although small children do tend to get bored.

All reservations require full payment via credit card or PayPal at the time of booking the reservation online. 

NSO is a working farm, and while we strive to provide as safe an environment as possible, we require your help in staying safe during your visit. Please:

  • Adhere to all instructions and/or warnings the farm staff and/or farm signage provide.
  • Review above suggestions on this webpage about what to wear and bring so you remain comfortable and safe.

The North Star Orchard farm staff reserve the right to cancel/stop your activity in progress if the above guidelines on this webpage are not adhered to. Our concern is for the safety and enjoyment of you and your group, our staff, and the farm itself. Refunds will not be issued if we need to stop your activity in this manner.


Please contact us if you have any questions