Phillips Orchards & Cider Mill

  (Saint Johns, Michigan)
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What a Year!

2012 has been an unforgettable season.  Those two weeks of hot weather in March were followed by our usual frosts in late April.  We managed to pull through with 10% of our apple crop.  At least we had something.  So here we are in mid-November, and we only have Golden Delicious left.

 Still, we'll be open at our Gatehouse Market on US-127 through New Year's eve with Fresh Cider, doughnuts, and all our other great made in Michigan products, and those Golden Delicious for as long as they last. 


Paula Red & Ginger Gold apples

Paula Red & Ginger Gold apples are now available at both locations.

Lodi Apples

Lodi Apples are now ready.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Lodi, they are a Yellow Transparent x Montgomery cross, very similar to the Yellow Transparent.  They are green, turning pale yellow when ripe, and tart.  They make great applesauce, apple butter and a decent early apple pie (they cook down more than the best fall pie apples).  They don't store well so, get them while they are fresh off the tree, so only available for the next week or so.


Call to order for pick up at the orchard or they'll be available this Saturday at the Saint Johns Farmer's Market. 


Honeycrisp are Back!

We sold all the Honeycrisp that we grew this season.  However we were able to locate another local grower who had some for sale, so we now have more Honeycrisp available.  $7.50 1/2 peck

More Apples

More apples are now ready.  We now have Paula Red, Gala, McIntosh & Cortland.  Empire will be ready this Saturday, 9/11/10.  Jonagold will be ready beginning 9/15.

Many more to come, and we'll have most varieties from our cold storage through December 31st. 


Apple Harvest Has Begun

The apple harvest has begun this weekend with Paula Red apples.  The store at the orchard will officially open for the season next Thursday August 12th, and we'll remain open 7 days a week until December 31st.

Harvest 10 - 14 days Earlier than Normal

Because of the warm weather early this spring and the continued warm weather all summer the apple harvest will begin earlier than normal this year.  It looks like most varieties of apples will be harvested 10 - 14 days earlier than normal.

Therefore Paula Red apples, will begin approximately August 6th this year. The other varieties to follow will similarly be early.  Please check with us to confirm the exact start dates of your favorites.

Of course we will have apples in the cold storage until New Year's Eve, but to get them at their just picked perfection, you'll need to plan a little earlier than usual. 

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