We went picking yesterday at Orchard Creek, as well! We think the apples are quite tasty -- a bit tart & really crisp. The apple farmer told us to hold the apples for a couple weeks before making applesauce or apple butter, as the sugars will develop & they'll naturally get sweeter. Nice thing about these late-season apples is that they will keep for months (which is handy, 'cause we picked 45 lbs!). --Nancy in Raleigh
We really enjoyed Orchard Creek...the apples were really high, but the kids were more interested in chasing chickens and feeding goats anyway. I think we'll try and make it earlier next year--she said apples start ripening in July.
Was dismayed to see a McCain/Palin sign at the entrance to the farm, but oh well...
We just got back from Skytop Orchard and it was amazing! The apples were in abundance unlike last year. There were also VERY crowded so i did not get to speak to the owner. The other family that we go with said that the farm does not spray with chemicals and i will say the apples do not have a 'chemical' taste to them, at all. i want to go back, sigh.