529 Wellwood Orchards Rd. Springfield, VT 05156
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This is the scoop on what you might be interested to know!
1. No matter how pretty and red they are, do not pick Red Delicious apples until their season! They will be too hard and dry to enjoy. *NOT RIPE* 🙂
2. Honey Crisp: Please do not pick Apples if we tell you they are not ready. Yes, you will see the apples you want growing on the trees; but picking them now will only yield unsatisfactory flavor. Please wait until they are ready for picking. We want you to enjoy every bite.
While you are here visiting as our GUEST please remember that our fruit trees and plantings are a long term investment for us. We put thousands of dollars and man hours into our crops. So while visiting please respect our farm the same way you would want visitors to respect your garden.
Keep children with you at all times. You are responsible for their safety.
Petting Zoo: do not chase the animals. Pet them, feed them and enjoy them. They are all very friendly. Please note that they need a rest at the end of the day so refrain from visiting after hours.
Absolutely No Vehicles in the orchard during apple season. If you need special permission please ask.
Tip for picking apples: Gently lift and twist the apple. This prevents damage to the tree and prevents other fruit from falling to the ground.
If you pick one apple and 2 others fall to the ground, it is okay to put them in your bag. Half the honey crisp are on the ground, therefore no PYO.
Be careful not to damage the trees. Do not climb on the trees or swing from the branches. This causes damage.
Now, for a private, delicate conversation: Sampling of our fruit while in the Orchard is an expected part of the PYO (pick your own) experience, within reason. We WANT you to enjoy your experience. We want you to enjoy our Apples and other crops. Be mindful when selecting your samples. Prevent wasting fruit. Eating all or most of the fruit that has been picked, hiding fruit, crops or store merchandise with the intention of not paying for it, is stealing. Straight up, plain and simple. Most folks are delighted to share the experience of fresh picked fruit and would not consider any form of dishonesty, waste, theft or vandalism. We appreciate you!!!! We spend a lot of hard, back breaking labor, time and money, in ALL kinds of weather to provide this experience, often just to break even. This is the means of living for our family and staff. Please help us to promote honesty.
PYO Apples must be in a bag purchased from Wellwood’s on the day of your visit. NO other bags are allowed to collect apples, including backpacks.
Please report any theft you see immediately! Help us to continue to provide a safe environment for your family.
Stealing is a crime and Police will be notified.
Be aware of moving cars and farm equipment.
Please help us prevent litter! We have trash receptacles in many areas. Let’s keep tidy!
Thank You from the Wellwood Orchards Family
“NO VERMONTERS IN HEAVEN”
I dreamed that I went to the city of gold, To Heaven resplendent and fair; And, after I entered that beautiful fold, By one in authority there I was told That not a Vermonter was there!
“Impossible,” said I. “A host from my town Have sought this delectable place, And each must be here with a harp and a crown, A conqueror’s palm and clean linen gown Received through merited grace.”
The angel replied, “All Vermonters come here When first they depart from the earth, But after a day or a month or a year They become restless and lonesome and homesick appear And sigh for the land of their birth.
“They tell of its many and beautiful hills Where forest majestic appear; Its rivers and lakes and its streams and its hills Where nature the purest of water distills, And they soon get dissatisfied here.”
“They tell of ravines, wild, secluded and deep, Of clover-decked landscapes serene, Of towering mountains, imposing and steep A down which the torrents exulting leap Through forests perennially green.”
“We give them the best that the Kingdom provides, They have everything here that they want; But not a Vermonter in Heaven abides, A very short time period here he resides, Then hikes his way back to Vermont!”
[E. F. Johnstone]”
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