Welcome to Shelburne Orchards! Our 80 acres of apple trees are located on the shores of gorgeous Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. The orchard has been in my family since the 1950′s and I have been overseeing the place for over 30 years.
We grow apples, peaches, Marsette grapes, pumpkins, and sour cherries here. The orchard also produces cider, non-alcoholic Ginger Jack, world-famous cider donuts, cider vinegar, and we’ve started distilling apple brandy. Thanks so much for supporting farmers!
Nick Cowles, Proprietor
October 22, 2012
Thanks so much to everyone who made this a wonderful year at the orchard! The season’s winding down and our last day open will be THIS Friday, October 26. We’re open until then each day from 9:00-6:00. We have “drops” on the ground and many goodies still available at our Cider House Farm Market. Thanks again for supporting farmers.
October 2, 2012
We’ll have McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Empire, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious for Pick Your Own through the weekend, so we’d love to have you come on down to the orchard! Don’t be afraid of a few raindrops…
September 28, 2012
It’s time for Pick Your Own Honey Crisps at $2/lb! We’ll be open from 9:00-6:00 tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 29) so please stop by and pick some of your favs. We’ll have some other varieties, too: McIntosh, Fuji, and Red Delicious for $1/lb.
And if you’d like to pick some extra apples and purchase them, we’d love to donate them to the Vermont Foodbank. We’ve got a goal of 600 pounds so please help us meet the goal! Thanks so much.
September 24, 2012
We have Macs, Cortland, and Fuji for Pick Your Own this week. And BIG news: We’ll have Honey Crisps to pick this coming Saturday. Other events this year include Senior Days on Thursday and Friday, October 11 & 12, when seniors can pick apples for $8/bushel. And on Saturday, October 13, we’ll celebrate the apple again with Truckload & Carboy & Ginger Jack Saturday. Please check our “Events” page for more info.
Don’t wait to head to your local orchard—the season’s short!
September 23, 2012
Congratulations to today’s Pie Fest winners! Lisa Patnode of Winooski won BOTH “Best Appearance” and First Prize, Rachel Winer was awarded with “Best Filling”, and Andy Montroll won “Best Crust”. It’s Lisa’s second win over the years for First Place. Special thanks to Judges Gesine Bullock-Prado, Sally Pollak, and Jennifer Smith; volunteers Patricia Fontaine, Kate Maloney, Alicia Taylor, and Todd Taylor; Hokum Bros for the delightful entertainment; orchard workers galore; Pie Fest entrants; and everyone who participated in the Cider House Run.
September 20, 2012
Right now, we have Macs, Cortlands, and Fuji for Pick Your Own apples. C’mon down in this sunny weather!
September 17, 2012
For the start of this week, we’ve got McIntosh and Cortlands available for Pick Your Own as well as pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch. We also have apple cider and our world-famous cider doughnuts at the store among all of the other goodies there.
This Sunday, Sept. 23, we’ll have the Pie Fest and Cider House Run. Please check our “Events” page for more info. You can run, or eat pie, or both!
September 14, 2012
We’ll be at both the Burlington and Shelburne Farmers Markets tomorrow. And we’ll have a booth at the Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms with apples, cider, caramel apples, Re-Fresh Mint drink and, of course, our world-famous cider doughnuts!
If you come on out to the orchard, we’ll have McIntosh, Gala, and Cortlands for Pick Your Own. We pressed our first cider for the year on Thursday. And the Pumpkin Patch is open, too. If you are able, please pick a few extra apples, purchase them, and we’ll hand them along to the Foodbank from you to help out our hungry neighbors. We’re trying to donate 600 pounds this year! Thank you so much. — Megan
September 10, 2012
The season seems to be ahead a bit this year, so please don’t wait if you’d like to come and pick apples! I’ll keep you up-to-date via our website and Facebook as to what apple varieties are available when.
Right now, we’re picking McIntosh and Gala apple varieties. This Thursday, we’ll start pressing cider for the season. We’ll be at the Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival this Saturday with our world-famous cider doughnuts and caramel apples.
Over 5,000 people enjoyed the 11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest yesterday here at the orchard! The day sparkled, people smiled, and fun was had by all. We’d like to thank all of the bands: After the Rodeo, Cartwheels, Starline Rhythm Boys, Gordon Stone Band, Western Roads, and Twist of the Wrist. Almost 30 farmers and food producers prepared delicious food and had the chance to meet their customers and vice versa. Volunteers and orchard workers provided tractor hayrides, facepainting, apple prints, and ropemaking; directed traffic; and helped out in a thousand other ways. Thanks to donations, we collected 130 pounds for the Food Shelf. The entire day was a reminder about how special a corner of the world Vermont continues to be.
On Sunday, September 23, please join us here at the 11th Annual Pie Fest and Cider House Run (see the “Events” page for more detailed info). All of the 30 entries have been filled—each baker hoping to walk away with both bragging rights and the $200 First Place prize.
Thanks for supporting the folks who grow the food you eat!
11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest
Sunday, September 9 — 11:00-5:00
FREE under 12 & over 65. Otherwise, $5.00 and farmers may charge for their specially prepared dishes.
This year’s small farms and food producers include: Adam’s Berry Farm, Ariel’s Honey Infusions, Bella Farm, Boston Post Dairy, Gadabout Farm, Huntington River Vineyard, Island Homemade Ice Cream, Lincoln Peak Vineyard, Maple Wind Farm, Meeting Place Pastures, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), Red Maple Granola, Rockville Market Farm, Scratch N’ Earth, Shelburne Farms & O Bread, Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne Vineyard, Sonia’s Salsa, Stony Loam Farm, Stony Pond Farm, Taylor Farm, Urban Moonshine, Vermont Coffee Company, Vermont Pickle Company, and Vermont Soy. The musical line-up includes: 11:00-Starline Rhythm Boys, 12:00-Cartwheels, 1:00-After the Rodeo, 2:00-Western Roads, 3:00-Gordon Stone Band, and 4:00-Twist of the Wrist.
The festival showcases special foods, live local music, tractor hayrides, pick your own apples, ropemaking demonstrations, a haybale maze for the kids, facepainting, Tractor Petting Zoo, picnic table raffle, hulahoopers, and other family-friendly activities. Co-sponsored with Big Heavy World and The Radiator (105.9 FM).
Donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for local food shelves as well. Suggested items include tuna, peanut butter, soup, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, and canned meat. Thank you!
September 2, 2012
Peaches are all gone for this year. This week, there will be Gala and Macs for apples. Come on by and pick some. Thanks so much for supporting farmers!
Our Hours (seasonally from mid-August through the end of October):
Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.