Friday, August 3, 2018

The Apples are Growing!

Well, it's already the first of August, which means apple season will be here before we know it!  We just toured the orchard, and the apples are growing well (knock on wood).  Hopefully the weather will continue to be good, and we can harvest amazing apples again this year.

The earliest apples we grow are Zestar!, and they are fantastic.  I encourage you to stop in and sample them when we open...everyone in our family likes them better even than Honeycrisp.  And they have beat Honeycrisp in blind taste tests, as well.  They are an earlier apple, and that means they don't keep quite as well as some of the others; however,  they are absolutely delicious, and we stuff ourselves while they are available!

One of the reasons our apples are so good is that my dad, who owns the orchard, is determined not to pick them until they are at their peak.  He taste tests them every day as the time gets close; one of his pet peeves is that many times apples are picked before they are at that perfect stage.  We have had customers say they have tried Zestar! and don't like them...but they had purchased ones that were picked too early, and when they taste the really ripe ones, they love them.

Another favorite of many customers is Chestnut crab apples.  They are large for a crab apple and are sweet and really delicious.  They are the perfect size for a snack for kids, and adults love them, as well.  Be sure and ask about them when you visit the orchard.

And, of course, everyone is anxious for the Honeycrisp to be ready...they are the all time favorite for many people! 

We look forward to welcoming you back this fall...check back in early September for our opening date.

Friday, October 27, 2017


Tuesday, October 31 will be the last day open at Irish Mountain Orchard this season. 

We will have Honey Crisp available until we close, so stock up on some to last through the holidays!  They will typically keep for a couple of months in the refrigerator if you check them periodically for spots and use those first.

We are sold out of Fireside, Pazzaz,  Zestar, Haralson, Stella and chestnut crabapples, as we had smaller amounts of them available.

We hope to see you at the orchard before we close.  Our thanks to all of our great customers for supporting us!  We really enjoy seeing some of you each year, and we enjoy meeting new customers, as well.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Dwain and Becky Merickel
Emily Peck

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HoneyCrisp Are Looking Amazing!

The HoneyCrisp are looking amazing this year.  If you are already familiar with them, come get some!  If not, come try some out.  You'll be glad you did!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Chestnut crab apples are ready!

For those of you who are waiting for the chestnut crab apples, they are ready and will be available beginning Sunday, September 10!

These little gems are probably my favorite of all our apples...they are sweet and tart and just the right size for a snack!  And the perfect snack for little ones who can't tackle a whole regular-sized apple!    If you haven't tried them, ask for a sample when you are at the orchard.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Irish Mountain Orchard Opening Sept. 3!

Irish Mountain Orchard will open for the season on Sunday, September 3!  The Zestars look amazing and will be the first apples available at that time.  For those of you who haven't tried them, we encourage you to do so...we like them better than Honey Crisp!  So when you are at the orchard, be sure and ask for a sample. 

The pears also look good this year and will be available when we open.  They are becoming more and more popular as more of you try them and 

We expect the Honey Crisp to be ready in a couple of for the notice,as I'll update as soon as we know when they will be ready.  Dad is checking every day...the key is patience until they are at the perfect ripeness.  That's what makes his apples taste SO good!

We look forward to seeing you!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Apples Look Great!

I hope you're getting hungry for fresh local apples!  The crop looks amazing so far, although we know better than to count our apples before they're harvested!  Cross your fingers for any storms to miss us this year...last year was heartbreaking.

We are still expecting to open around September 1 with the Zestars, and the Honey Crisp should be available mid-September. We will keep you updated via this site...and email if you signed up for our email list. 

In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying a great summer. See you in September!

Irish Mountain Orchard

Friday, October 28, 2016


Irish Mountain Orchard will close for the season October 31.  So you have just a couple of days left to stock up! Our hours both Sunday, the 30th and Monday, the 31st will be 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Hope to see you at the orchard!