Tasting Events

Enjoy one or more of our signature tasting events at the farm in fall. Think "wine tasting" but with fruit!

No two tastings will be the same as we explore dozens of different varieties each day. Fruit fans and explorers of all ages are welcome!

Reservations are required for most tastings. 

Be sure to see full details about tastings towards the bottom of this page (under the event descriptions).

  • Apple Explorer Tastings

    Our signature sit-down tasting where you'll sample, learn about, and take notes on
    20 unique and rare apple varieties
    Sunday, September 29 & Saturday, October 12
      (Information & Reservations)

  • Fruit Explorers Tasting

    A delightful sit-down tasting where you'll sample and learn about dozens of seasonal fruits, including peaches, plums, apples, Asian pears, grapes, and pears!
    Saturday, August 31st
      (Information & Reservations)

  • Apple Sampling

    Saturdays & Sundays in September & October: enjoy casual sampling of varieties for sale that day. Q&A with our staff.
    Free; no reservations required.

Meet at the Blue 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 all tasting events listed here take place in handicapped-accessible areas.

Beverages, snacks/palate cleasners, and restrooms are provided (please bring your own snack if you have dietary restrictions)

What to Bring:

  • A picnic lunch if you desire, and make a day or it
  • A camera and sense of adventure (for those doing the Tasting Hike)

What NOT to Bring:

  • Pets or other animals
  • Additional guests without checking in with us ahead of time.

Sit-down tastings will take place rain or shine, as we can do them indoors or outdoors. Simply bring an extra layer if it's a bit chilly in case we're doing the seatings outdoors. If it will be too cold or rainy, the seating will be indoors in a climate-controlled area.

Free apple tastings take place inside the farm store, so there is no worry about rain!


We will cancel due to weather only if we feel the conditions would make your visit unsafe, and will let you know the day before if we need to cancel. We reserve the right to cancel a tasting if we have less than 4 people signed up for a given seating. So far, we've not need to cancel for the reason! We'll let you know several days in advance if this is the case and may be able to work with you to put you in another seating...or we'll provide you a refund.

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 you wish to make 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 for any reason (weather-related or otherwise), we will work with you to either come up with an alternative date for your experience or will refund your registration fee in full.

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