This Week at Jackson’s Orchard

The Jackson’s Orchard & Nursery Greenhouse, Apple Barn & Concession Stand are now open!

From the Apple Barn

This is prime peach time – we’re finishing up picking Redhaven, and daily adding in new varieties including Coral Star, Contender, All Star & Flaming Fury yellow freestone peaches.  We’re also picking Blushing Star – white freestone peach. We also have Lodi  & Paula Red apples. You can still do some pick your own plums (check our social media or call for specifics) as well as pick up a quart in the barn.

Coral Star  – Coral Star is a large, beautiful, 2-3/4” to 3” freestone peach with 80% bright, orange-red skin with a coral stripe. The flesh is firm and clear with wonderful sweet flavor. Coral Star holds well on the tree, in the cooler, and does not brown when cut. The appearance is complimented by both great flavor – very sweet with medium acidity – and aroma.

Coral Star peaches store very well. They also don’t brown when cut, which is attractive for canning and using in pies. The peach would still be good for canning as it is on the larger size and it’s freestone. Both of these factors make the canner’s job easier.

History – This peach belongs to the Stellar peach program. All of these peaches have the word star in their name and were developed at Fruit Acres Farm on the west coast of Michigan. The Fruit Acres Stellar Peach breeding program was begun in 1982 by Jim Friday of Coloma, MI. The program has been continued by Jim’s daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Randy Bjorge.

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Early Flamin Fury – Proclaimed the world’s largest peach! This variety set a world record for largest single peach — weighing in at more than 1½ pounds! This red-blushed fruit season after season delivers both high red color and firm, quality fruit. The peach is sweet and juicy with an excellent flavor.

“This was a wonderful peach. One of the strongest genuine peach flavors I have ever had. Sometimes you buy peaches and all they taste like is this the sugar you put on them. Because of the strong flavors this peaches would be excellent to make ice cream or sorbet.” – Eric Samuelson, Michigan food blogger.

History – Introduced circa 1996. Flamin’ Fury is not just one variety. It is a category of 25 different varieties of peaches. The varieties were created by Paul Friday, a Michigan peach breeder. The different varieties mature over a four month period, providing a long season for those that grow them.

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All Star – A peach of a peach! Rapidly gaining popularity because of its many desirable attributes: it’s large and round, has firm, clear non-browning yellow flesh and is nearly fuzzless. The fruit is quite stunning to look at as it is almost 100% red-skinned. A great eating peach with medium sweetness and medium acidity for an excellent flavor.

History – This peach belongs to the Stellar peach program. All of these peaches have the word star in their name and were developed at Fruit Acres Farm on the west coast of Michigan. The Fruit Acres Stellar Peach breeding program was begun in 1982 by Jim Friday of Coloma, MI. The program has been continued by Jim’s daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Randy Bjorge.

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Contender – One taste and you’ll know why the Contender is considered the most flavorful and fresh peach available. A firmer peach that keeps well. Velvety orange and red skin with sweet, delicious yellow flesh makes this peach one of our most beautiful peaches. This peach is great for any type of cooking – Baking, Canning/Preserves, Desserts / Pies, Freezing as well as eating plain.

History – Contender peach trees were developed at North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station in Raleigh in 1987.

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Blushing Star – An early-season, easy-care peach. Our first white peach of the season. This variety provides prolific harvests of beautiful fruit that keep well. One good thing about stellar or Star peaches is that they do not brown when cut, so they make a great choice for canning.

Unique, wonderful distinctive mouthwatering flavor of an extra sweet white fleshed peach (with a combination of sugar and acid.) with an irresistibly pleasing yet penetrating aroma, Blushing Star ships and stores very well. It colors about 60-80% deep pinkish-red with a white ground color and average 2 3/4″.

History – This peach belongs to the Stellar peach program. All of these peaches have the word star in their name and were developed at Fruit Acres Farm on the west coast of Michigan. The Fruit Acres Stellar Peach breeding program was begun in 1982 by Jim Friday of Coloma, MI. The program has been continued by Jim’s daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Randy Bjorge.

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Ginger Gold Apples – The first sweet, eating apple of the season, Ginger Gold is attractive, aromatic and has a gingery-sweet to mildly tart flavor.
Ginger Gold apples are bright golden-green skin and a slight red blush that is fine-textured, crisp and creamy white.  This apple is great for snacks, salads and especially baking in pies. It is very slow to turn brown, so it’s an excellent choice for any fresh-cut apple use.


History – Discovered in a Lovingston, Virginia orchard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1969, Ginger Gold is a likely cross between Golden Delicious and Newtown (Albemarle) Pippin.

It’s sometimes called the variety brought by Hurricane Camille because a Virginia apple grower discovered the first Ginger Gold apples among the washed-out remains of a Golden Delicious orchard destroyed by Hurricane Camille in 1969.  The first Ginger Gold apples were noticed in the early 1970s, and the variety brought to market soon after.

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Paula Red Apples – Paula Red boasts a red blush color with light yellow striping and has a pleasant sweet-tart flavor and good aroma. For many apple lovers, Paula Red is their favorite. Some say its taste has overtones of strawberries or pears.

The firm flesh makes it a good fresh eating and cooking apple, especially good for a delicious, naturally pink applesauce (Check out Jill’s recipe in the “Apple Bites” section of our website.) and for pie making. It is an early season apple normally ripening June, and like most early apples, Paula Red does not keep for too long.

History: Paula Red is a relatively new variety, discovered in Sparta, Michigan. It was discovered in the Fruit Ridge area northwest of Grand Rapids by Lewis Arends in 1960, and named after his wife, Pauline.  He found the chance seedling near a McIntosh block in his 80-acre orchard, so it is commonly thought that Paula Red may have McIntosh in its parentage. The apple debuted in 1968.

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Fresh, Local, Kentucky Grown
Warren County blueberries, seedless watermelon, Canary melon, cantaloupe, Incredible sweet corn, heirloom, green, red & yellow tomatoes, sweet onions, green peppers, green beans, red potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers & pickling cucumbers, & cabbage.

And our Jackson’s Orchard frozen apple cider, and other local favorites like Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheeses. Our shelves are stocked full of our many jarred items including jams, jellies, preserves & butters. See a more complete listing below.

Updated July 24, 2021

Apple Barn

Redhaven, Coral Star, Contender, All Star, Flaming Fury & Blushing Star Peaches | $4.50/qt | $9.50 – 2 quart | $13.00 – 1/2 peck |$35.95 – 1/2 bu (#1 quality) – $24.95 (#2 quality)

Ginger Gold Apples | $4 – quart | $9 – 1/2 peck | $17 – Peck | $25 – 1/2 bu

Plums | $4/qt

Warren County Blueberries | $5.25/qt

Incredible Sweet Corn | 3 for $1.75 or 60¢ each

Seedless Watermelon | $5 each

Canary Melon | $3 each

Cantaloupe | $3/ea

Local Tomatoes | $2.99/lb
Heirloom, Yellow, Green, Red

Sweet Onions | $1.75/ea

Cucumbers & Pickling Cucumbers | $2/lb

Yellow Straight Neck Squash | $2/lb

Zucchini | $2.50/lb

Red Potatoes | 99¢/lb

Green Beans | $2.99/lb

Green Peppers & Rainbow Peppers | $1.75/lb

Plus

Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheeses
Fresh Frozen Apple Cider | $7.50/gallon

Concession Stand

Homemade peach ice cream, apple & peach fried pies, apple cider slushees and floats, BBQ, hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks and other items. Use this link for details.

* All prices are subject to change.

On The Apple Barn shelves

  • 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 open for the season (here is a link to the menu) – 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-5pm Monday-Saturday
Closed Sunday