This Week at Jackson’s Orchard

Peaches, Lodi Apples, Plums, Fresh Vegetables, Playground, Greenhouse, Specialty Items, Concession Stand . . . adding something new each week!

July 4th Weekend – Due to Covid-19 restrictions from the state government we will not be having a Peach Festival this year. And due to recent rainy & cloudy weather we will not be picking any freestone peaches this weekend.

However, this is what WILL be happening this weekend:
1. We WILL be open on Saturday, July 4th (closed Sunday)
2. The playground will be opening starting tomorrow, Friday @ $2 per child for the entire day.
3. The Concession Stand will be fully open including Kentucky Proud Apple BBQ sandwiches & sliders, Peach Sundaes, Homemade Peach Ice Cream (featuring our peaches), Peach & Apple Fried Pies, Peach Tea and other goodies
4. We will be picking small quantities of Bright Star & Rising Star yellow semi-freestone peaches. Along with our plums and our Lodi Apples.

Weather-willing, at some point next week we plan to start picking our Redhaven, yellow freestone peaches as well as our sweet corn so stay tuned. Look for a new post Friday morning with additional information.

Peach Report: The recent rainy weather has slowed us down a bit so as of right now we don’t anticipate picking our Redhaven yellow freestone peaches until sometime next week. In the meantime, we will continue to have small quantities of our Bright Star and Rising Star, yellow semi-freestone peaches ($5/qts or $2.99/lb)

We’re picking fresh plums this week including Methley (a red-purple plum), Shiro (a yellow plum) and Au Rosa (anbright red plum). All are juicy and sweet to eat.

Lodi Apples

Lodi, our first apple variety has started picking. Lodi is an attractive green-yellow early-season favorite with a tart or sharp flavor, best used for cooking. Similar to a Transparent apple it “cooks up” easily which makes it great for apple sauce & pie filling. Store in the refrigerator.

History: This apple’s origin can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century. Lodi was developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. It was created by crossing a Transparent apple with a Montgomery.

Methley Plums

The Methley is usually harvested with a green shadow and ripens into a medium to large purple-red plum with amber tinged flesh. Methley have a sweet, mild flavor and are soft, sweet and very juicy. You’ll find them excellent for eating fresh or used in pies, jellies, jams, and preserves and it makes a great sorbet. However, they are usually not good for drying.

History: The Methley is considered to be in Japanese Plum category. There are two schools of thought on it’s interesting history. One is that it is believed to be a Hybrid between an American Plum variety (Prunus cerasifera) and the Japanese Plum (Prunus salicina). This happened unintentionally as a select seedling in South Africa around the turn of the 20th century and was introduced to America in 1922. 

The other believes that these so called Japanese plums actually originated in China where it was cultivated for thousands of years. It was brought to Japan 200–400 years ago and now has spread around the world.

In either case, we know that you’ll enjoy the early season flavor of this sweet fruit.

Shiro Plums

The best of yellow plums. This variety beats all others in appearance and taste. Luminous yellow skin covers a sweet, juicy flesh.

Shiro plum is known for its large, round, bright yellow fruit with a mild sweet flavor. It is excellent to eat fresh, but also good cooking, canning, and making preserves and desserts.  It is one of the earliest ripening plums.

If they are still a little green, Shiro plums can be ripened at room temperature, turning a gold-yellow when mature. To speed up the ripening process, they may be placed in a paper bag. Shiro plums are soft when they are ripe, and can be easily bruised. Store them in a bag in the refrigerator, where they will be good for 2 to 3 days. 

HISTORY: Shiro plums are mainly grown in the United States and in Canada. They are descended from Asian plum trees, originally native to China and first brought to America in the late 1800s via Japan. The horticulturist Luther Burbank, credited with spurring the plum-growing industry in California, experimented with Asian plum hybridization and introduced over 100 types of plums and prunes to growers. He developed the Santa Rosa, Burbank, Beauty and Wickson plums, which in the 1940s were popular varieties. Shiro plums were first introduced to the public in 1899. 

Au Rosa Plums

The Au Rosa plum is a large fruit with yellow-amber flesh, and a big flavor that ripens to a beautiful red color in early to mid-summer. The sweet pulp of the Au Rosa plum is said to be “as smooth as melted butter”.

HISTORY: The Au in the Au Rosa name stands for Auburn University where the fruit was developed in the early 1990s. The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station was cultivating the Au Rosa as a plum to handle southern heat yet still yield a sweet, juicy fruit. Their words: “Fruit quality is excellent for the fresh market, which makes AU-Rosa adaptable for home, roadside, and local markets. Fruit have adequate firmness for handling, packing, and shipping.”

More

We also are adding various fresh picked vegetables, some specialty items such as Broadbent meats & Kenny’s Cheeses, the concession stand is now open as well as we continue with lots of beautiful plants in the greenhouse. See below for details on all!

While we may sell out of some items as the spring planting season continues here’s the items we had in stock at the beginning of this week. If you are looking for something specific and will be disappointed if it’s not here or if you want to confirm that we still have something please call us before you come. Otherwise we’d love to have you come visit and shop. 

List below updated as of June 22nd

Fresh Picked Fruit

Bright Star & Rising Star Peaches | $5/qt  A yellow semi-freestone peach with an excellent early season flavor.

Lodi Apples |  $2/lb  | $8/half peck | $15/peck | $22/half bushel
An early, transparent, tart cooking apple, great for apple sauce, pies, skillet frying, etc. Check out these links to Shirley & Jill’s apple sauce recipes: https://jacksonsorchard.com/portfolio/apple-sauce-shirleys/ | https://jacksonsorchard.com/portfolio/apple-sauce-jills/

Methley Plums |  $3.50/qt

Methley have a sweet, mild flavor and are soft, sweet and very juicy. You’ll find them excellent for eating fresh or used in pies, jellies, jams, and preserves and it makes a great sorbet. However, they are usually not good for drying.

Shiro Plums |  $3.50/qt
Shiro plum is known for its large, round, bright yellow fruit with a mild sweet flavor. It is excellent to eat fresh, but also good cooking, canning, and making preserves and desserts.  It is one of the earliest ripening plums.
 
Au Rosa Plums | $3.50/qt
The Au Rosa plum is a large fruit with yellow-amber flesh, and a big flavor that ripens to a beautiful red color in early to mid-summer. The sweet pulp of the Au Rosa plum is said to be “as smooth as melted butter”.
 

This Week’s Kentucky-Grown Fresh Picked Vegetables

Cantaloupe | $4/ea
 
Zucchini Squash | $1.25/lb
 
Yellow Squash | $2/lb
 
Eggplant | 99¢/ea
 
Sweet Onions | 99¢/lb
 
Green Onions | $2/bunch
 
Small Cucumbers | $2/lb 
Regular Cucumbers | $2/lb
 
Baking Potatoes | 99¢/lb
 
Red New Potatoes | 99¢/lb
 
Green Bell Peppers | 1.75¢/ea
 
Peppers | 99¢/ea
 
Green Beans | $2.99/lb
 
Cabbage | $2/head
 
Local Red Tomatoes | $2.99/lb
 
Green Tomatoes | $4.49/lb
 
Heirloom Tomatoes | $4.49/lb
 

Plus

  • Mennonite Maid  – Sourdough, Apple & Peach Bread
  • Broadbent’s  – Country Ham & Country Bacon
  • Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheeses
  • Fresh Frozen Apple Cider | $7.50/gallon, $5/half-gallon, $3/quart & $2/pint
 

From The Greenhouse

Orchard-Quality Fruit Trees | $24.95 
These are the same semi-dwarf, self-pollinating trees that we plant right here in the Orchard. Most will begin to bear fruit in 3-5 years after planting.  (Be sure to check out Bill’s FREE Tree Pruning & Spraying Workshop each March.)
Peach Trees
  • Autumn Star
  • Cresthaven
  • Messina
  • Encore
Ferns & Ornamental Grasses | $8.95/qt
Grasses
  • Baby Tut
  • King Tut
 
Ferns
  • Asparagus – 1801, 4″ & qt
  • Kimberly Queen
  • Macho
  • Rabbits Foot
 
Herbs | $3.95/4” pot
Available in 4″ pots
  • Parsley
 
Perennials | $3.95/4″ pot and $7.25/gallon pot
Perennials go dormant during the winter and return each year.
Available in 4″ Pots
  • Autumn Fern
Available in Gallon Pots
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Hostas
  • Sedum
    • Goldilocks
  • Clematis Vine – Rosemoor
  • Russian Sage
 
 
Annuals
Various pots sizes, each are indicated with the description. Unless otherwise identified pricing is as follows:
1801 – $2.25
4” pot – $3.95
6” pot – $7.25
Quart – $7.25
8” pot – $13.95
  • Angelonia – 4″
  • Bacopa
  • Begonia
        • Dragon Wing – 4″ & 6″
        • Unbelievable – 6”
  • Blue Daze – 4”
  • Corn Plant (Moss Cane)
  • Crossandra – Firecracker – 4″
  • Diamond Frost – 4″ & 6″
  • Ivy – 4”
    • Swedish Ivy
  • Mandevilla Vine – Sun qt., 8″ & 3 gal
  • Mexican Heather
  • Million Belles
  • Salavia
  • Sweet Potato Vine – 4″ & 6”
    • Dark or Lime
  • Succulents – 4”
    • Aloe Vera
  • Sunflowers
  • Vinca
  • Vinca Vine – 1801 & 4”
  • Zinnia
 
Hanging Baskets
Some of these baskets are planted for Sun to Partly Sunny settings and some are for Shade to Partly Sunny.
Moss/Coco Liners can be added to your basket
  • Regular Hanging Baskets
  • Mixed Hanging Baskets
  • Fern Hanging Baskets
  • Extra Large Fern Hanging Baskets
  • Asparagus Fern Hanging Baskets
 
Home & Yard Decorations
  • Statuary
  • Bird Houses & Feeders
 
Other Items
  • Baskets
  • Potting Soil – Miracle Gro
    • 1 cu ft
    • 2 cu ft

In The Concession Stand 

  • Homemade Peach Ice Cream
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Apple Cider Slushes
  • Fried Apple & Peach Pies

* All prices are subject to change.

The shelves are stocked with your favorites:

  • Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Butters, Spreads & Marmalades
    • (including some sugar-free options)
  • Honey & Sorghum Molasses
  • Popcorn
  • Mustards, Relishes, Salsas, Sauces & Syrup
  • Salad Dressings
  • Meat Sauces & Preparations
  • Breakfast Fixings
  • Pickled Products & Vegetable Sides
  • Fruit Desserts & Sides
  • Other Meal Fixings including Basket Bounty Soups & Dips Dry Mixes
  • Kentucky Mountain Coffee

We look forward to your visit. Give us a call if you have any questions: 270.781.5303
As always, check-in on our social media channels for current specials.

Coming up:

Check out our new homemade Jackson’s Orchard monthly shipable Fruit of the Month gift box

Map & Directions Use this link

When will your favorite peaches or apples be ready? Use this link to see our Peach & Apple Varieties List

The Concession Stand is now open see details above-Concession Stand Pricing

Got other questions? Tap this link to our FAQ page for answers to questions like:

Are you open during the week? What are your hours? What does it cost to get it? What can I do during the week? May I bring my pet? What about a service animal?

Current Hours

Current hours | 9am-3pm Monday-Saturday | Closed Sunday | Please practice social distancing.