The Proper Way to Pick Our Apples…

childpickYou will see that there are almost always two apples growing stem to stem, and many more along the branch.  After deciding which group of two apples you want, you pick them in the following manner:

childpick2Place the palms of your hands on each apple, at the same time.  Gently use your fingers – without putting too much pressure on the apples – to twist and turn the two apples either upward or downward until they release.  If there is anything more than the stems on your apples after they release, then you didn’t quite do it as we do.  It’s ok, as long as you don’t drop any and don’t shake off any apples from the tree.

After you have the two apples in your hands, place them gently in your bag (we don’t charge by the pound, we charge by the 1/2 bushel bag that we supply).  When your bag(s) are full, put them in your trunk or car.

We hope that you and your family have a great day picking apples at Pennings Orchard and will continue to year after year!

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The Proper Way to Store Apples…

  • Store your apples in the coolest place you may have. If you have room, apples stored in the fridge stay fresher twice as long!
  • Handle gently to prevent bruising. Refrigerate your apples in the crisper section of your fridge; cool air maintains juiciness, quality and crispness.
  • If unable to store in the fridge, remove apples from your U-Pick bag and store in a cardboard box with holes in the side (or ventilated storage bag) away from food with strong odors. Sprinkle with water mister a few times a week.

Did You Know..?

Apples give off a gas that speeds up the ripening of bananas, kiwis, peaches, plums and pears.  Place these fruits in a paper bag with your apples to quicken their ripening!