The 50 acres of apple and pear orchards on the farm's 205 acre property not only provide a scenic foreground for the stunning landscapes of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier, but also offer an insider's view of a working farm that grows 87 varieties of apples, pears and quince. The 7o varieties of apples are grown on dwarfing root stocks and planted 3 feet apart in a tall slender spindle trellised system. John has grafted and made many of the thousands of trees, and his grafting hands are immortalized by Getty Images in their library of stock photos.
Brady and John were pioneers in the organic movement and Mt. Hood Organic Farms was the first certified organic commercial orchard in the state of Oregon. The farm is also a Demeter certified Biodynamic® farm, which is considered natural land stewardship at its best. It is the highest paradigm of sustainable farming, offering one of the smallest carbon footprints of any agricultural method. Biodynamic® farmers work in cooperation with nature's rhythms, using organic, holistic methods to create a self-contained, self-sustaining ecosystem, while producing the most vital food available.
The farm is set against a magnificent natural backdrop where all manner of wildlife abounds, and hawks, eagles, and osprey circle above. The landscape has been gently and artfully sculpted to create open fields, ponds, a lake, and a myriad of gardens and wildflower insectaries that provide food for bees and habitat for beneficial insects to help control harmful pests. Compost teas and BD preparations are regularly used to aid in the health of the orchard.
It's the beginning of harvest at the farm, and we're always excited to share our fabulous array of delicious specialty apples and pears with you. Due to continuing COVID mandates, things are still a bit different (as is everything else in our lives!). While you are still welcome to come and enjoy the beauty of the farm and have a picnic, we are just operating a little differently. The fruit stand will be set up as it normally is inside of the Apple House. Fruit tastings are not allowed, and 6-foot social distancing is encouraged. Masks will be required for service.
* only available varieties
|Ambrosia||Arkansas Black||Ashmead Kernal/dual purpose|
|Bramley’s Seedling/dual purpose||Calville Blanc d’Hiver/dual purpose||Candycrisp|
|Corail||Cox Orange Pippin/dual purpose||Crispin/dual purpose|
|Golden Russet||Grimes Golden/dual purpose||Honeycrisp|
|Hudson’s Golden Gem/dual purpose||Idared||Indian Summer|
|Jonagold||Kidd’s Orange Red/dual purpose||Macoun|
|Madeline||Maiden’s Blush/dual purpose||Mollies Delicious|
|Mountain Rose||Newtown Pippin/dual purpose||Pomme Gris/dual purpose|
|Pristine||Red Cortland/dual purpose||Red Gravenstein/dual purpose|
|Reine de Reinettes/dual purpose||Ribston Pippin/dual purpose||Rubinette|
|Spitzenberg/dual purpose||Splendor||St. Edmund’s Russet/dual purpose|
|Swaar/dual purpose||Sweet Coppin/dual purpose||Swiss Gourmet|
|Bulmer’s Norman||Cap of Liberty||Chisel Jersey|
|Frequin Rouge||Harrison||Harry Master’s Jersey|
|Karmine de Sonjaville||Kermerrien||Kingston Black|
|Medaille d’Or||Michelin||Muscat de Bernay|
|Muscat de Dieppe||Nehou||Porter’s Perfection|
|Redfield||Roxbury Russet||Shavel Sharp|
|Sommerset Redstreak||Tom Putt||Tremblett’s Bitter|
|Red Giant Cider||Whitney|
|d’Anjou||Green Bartlett||Golden Russet Bosc|
|Passe Crassane||Red Bartlett||Red d’Anjou|
|Romanian Perry||Starkrimson||Tayton Squash|