Tasting Events

Apple Explorer Tastings

  • Our signature sit-down tasting where you'll sample, learn about, and take notes on 20 unique and rare apple varieties
  • Tastings are appropriate for all ages, although small children do tend to get bored (you might bring a quiet activity along for young people)
  • Each seating will accomodate a maximum of 25 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.
  • All reservations require full payment via credit card or PayPal at the time of booking the reservation online.

Check back in spring/summer for the schedule for fall in 2020.

Interested in scheduling a PRIVATE TASTING with your group, organization, business, or club? If you have a group of 10 or more, Contact us today!

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