Homegrown Produce

Nourishing the soil is one of our guiding principles at Miller's Orchards. We believe that by focusing on increasing the health of our soil, it will produce bountiful harvests of nutrient-dense crops.

We love apples at Miller's! More than 125 years ago, our Miller's ancestors planted the first apple tree on the farm, and over the decades each generation has worked to enhance the orchards. Like a birthright, the orchardist alchemy (it's both a science and an art) has been passed from one Miller scion to the next. Despite our myriad other priorities on the farm, the orchards have remained a centerpiece.

In an effort to balance our commitment to sustainable agriculture and nutrient-density, we employ a low-spray orchard management program. We are diligently working to nourish the soil in our orchards (sometimes even by partnering with our chicken and pigs!) so that our trees are strong enough to resist disease, pests and environmental harshness. And at Miller's, we don't believe in picking apples early in their life-cycle simply so that we can ship them thousands of miles away to supermarket customers. First off, we think apples always taste better if they're eaten locally! But more than that, we like to say that we "mimic nature" as much as possible. When it comes to harvesting apples, that means we wait until the apples are ripe and mature before we harvest, and not a moment earlier.

We do not wax our apples before sale nor do we dip them in post-harvest fungicides. Waxing exposes the apples to extreme heat which softens the skin and flesh, reducing both the apple's natural crispiness and its storage life. And it's simply not necessary; like putting make-up on a beautiful girl! As for post-harvest fungicides? Well, we simply think that sounds like a bad idea, don't you? Not only can you find apples at Miller's, but we press our own apple cider throughout the Fall season!

Our apples are available at our Farm Market either by the pound or by the half bushel. Mixing and matching is encouraged! What kind of apples can you get at Miller's? Part of eating locally means weathering the ups and downs of local weather and environmental patterns. Not all varieties are available every year simply because of frosts, droughts, pest invaders, etc. In general, these varieties can be found at Miller's during the Summer and Fall. (Please note, harvest dates are approximate and highly reliant on environmental forces far outside our control!)

APPLES

Mid to Late August

Early Mac      The Mac's early, tarty cousin; good for                           snacking and pies

Transparent  Slightly tart early apple; good for                                   snacking and baking

 

Early to Mid September

Paula Red     Tart-sweet with a bright white, juicy                                     flesh; good for snacking

Ginger Gold  Somewhat tart and firm; good for                                          snacking, baking and cooking

Ida Red           White-fleshed, bright red-skinned                                        with a mild flavor; excellent for                                              applesauce and snacking

 

Mid to Late September

MacIntosh   Slightly tart and juicy; best for                                                snacking and applesauce

Cortland      Slightly tart with a white flesh and                                        pink skin; excellent for snacking,                                          baking and cooking

Empire        Sweet and crunchy; excellent for                                           snacking, baking and applesauce

Macoun       Extremely crispy, slightly tart;                                                excellent for snacking and baking

Gala             Juicy and sweet; excellent for snacking

Pippen         Firm, green-skinned, and very tart;                                       excellent for baking and salads

 

Early to Mid October

Jonagold                Mellow sweet-tart flavor with a                                               honey-colored flesh; excellent for                                         snacking, baking and cooking

Red Delicious        Mild flavor with a firm, white flesh;                                       best for snacking and salads

Crispin/Mutsu      Firm, crispy and with a spicy sweet-                                      tart flavor; excellent for snacking,                                        baking and cooking

Golden Delicious  Sweet, somewhat crispy with a                                              mellow finish; good for snacking

 

Mid to Late October

Northern Spy      A Northeast PA standard! Slightly tart                                and crunchy; good for snacking and                                       baking

Granny Smith     Very tart, crispy and juicy; excellent in                                baking and cooking (or with cheese!)

Rome                   Slightly tart and crispy; best for                                             snacking and sauces

 

Sometimes Available

Cameo               Somewhat tart with a sweet finish, very                             crunchy (May be available mid to late                                   October)

Fuji                     Extremely sweet and crunchy with a                                     firm white flesh (May be available mid                                 to late October)

Honey Crisp     Popular newer hybrid that is sweet and                               very crunchy (may be available late                                      September)

Small Fruits and Vegetables

Nourishing the soil is one of our guiding principles at Miller's Orchards. We believe that by focusing on increasing the health of our soil, it will produce bountiful harvests of nutrient-dense crops. We use several practices to help us achieve optimum soil health.  We believe it is essential to use our Pigs, Chickens, and Beef to fertilize and manage the earth in preparation for field crops that follow. Our animals play a vital role in eliminating pest pressure and building organic matter in the soil. We also preform soil test regularly and apply appropriate amendments to the soil, like calcium and magnesium, as needed. Overall, our goal is to grow our produce as naturally and organically as possible. So, we also we work diligently to avoid using chemicals on our crops by planting multiple species in close proximity instead of mono-cropping large stretches of land.  We truly desire our produce to be not only tasty but nourishing to all who enjoy it!

The quantity of vegetables, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries we grow at Miller's Orchards varies from year to year. It simply depends on what we as a family can manage based on our available labor. Because we know our customers love variety when it comes to fresh produce, we have partnered with other local, like-minded farmers to help supply the produce we currently do not grow on our own Farm.  Look at our PRODUCE CSA order form to sign up for discounted prices on amazing food!