North Star Orchard Blog

Hello! Zoe here again...

With the long summer days and warm weather has come the fruit season, and in full force! While the CSA runs, I joyfully plunge into apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, and especially plums. The many varieties of this sweet, juicy fruit have never failed to delight me for my many years at North Star. 

Hello! This is Zoe again. I have returned from attending the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, from whence I come a new and, I believe, better person. 

"How to pick a peach" depends upon who’s picking it: the commercial farmer, the grocery store shopper, the local small farmer, and the farmers’ market shopper. Let’s take a look at all of them!

When you walk up to the farm store at North Star Orchard, you are first greeted by some beautiful scenery here in Chester County, PA.  A gorgeous blue barn from the 1860’s with large white stars high on the end walls stands, proud and welcoming.

Thinning fruit was a difficult process for me to get behind. For some reason, we have to cut fruit off of our trees? It seems like a waste, if you ask me. We only have so many, so shouldn’t we be trying to milk them for all they’ve got? Had we just left them alone, every peach you see on the ground there could have been food…right?

I recently had the opportunity to talk with my good friend Larken about her work with the Chester County Food Bank. The food bank was founded in 2009, and provides food for residents in Chester County who are food insecure.

Hello!  My name is Zoe Yost—and some of you may remember or know me! I am a fifteen-year-old musician, writer, and painter who has been involved with North Star Orchard since I was six (my family belongs to the CSA).  

“How do I keep my carrots from getting wobbly and my lettuce from wilting when I get it home?”