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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Lubbock area of Texas in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Lubbock County

  • Gallaghers Apple Orchard, May have closed - apples
    , Lubbock, TX . Phone: (806) 763-0096. Open: CALL before you go, their website has disappeared - Daily, from 8 am until dark. Click here for a map of the area. . . crop availability: August- December 1st.
  • The Orchard (formerly called Apple Country Orchards) -  - Apples, apple cider.
    12206 East Hwy 62, Idalou, TX 79329. Phone: 806-892-2961. Email: [email protected]. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday and Monday. Directions: Four miles east of Idalou on Hwy. 62/82/144 (14 miles east of Lubbock). One of the few places for citrus in this area. Have lunch with us. Sample our Famous German Apple Cake and other bakery goodies. Visit our cider mill, drink a cup of fresh apple cider in our wedding gazebo, Relax beside our waterfall and fountain, And of course, Please call for current apple prices. Also a farm makret with prepicked: Peaches, Tomatoes, Peppers, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelons, Pumpkins, Other Seasonal Vegetables. Note: the Pick Texas website claims they have PYO Oranges and Grapefruit, but their website says nothing about it so if you are interested, call them first! The Orchard is a favorite location for families and private groups. The Orchard is located in Idalou, Texas and has been blessed with cool temperatures, rich soil, and breathtaking views for as far as the eye can see. The Orchard is now owned and operated by the Crawford family. The Crawfords are working hard to meet their goal of growing the best apples, peaches, and cherries. They strive to provide their customers with the best possible experience. Make sure to stop by the store and say hello! Apple Butter Festival in early September on a Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm, Come enjoy a delicious plate of BBQ for lunch! All proceeds will benefit the Texas Boys Ranch. (UPDATED April 6, 2018, JBS)Comments from a visitor on April 18, 2011: "While they had REALLY good apples, and the gentleman who was riding around in his tractor was very helpful in locating the best apples, the lady who had rung us up for the 160 lbs. of apples we picked and half gallon honey we bought couldn't have been more rude to us. Considering we were picking apples with 5 elderly men and women and 4 kids, we were moving as fast as we could go. I have no idea if this woman owns the farm, but we will try it one more time and give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she was having a bad day? No matter. The apples are very good and we never mind blemishes as long as they are on a non-sprayed apple and kissed by genuine sunshine! The honey was good. Pure because there was a honeybee floating in the top! Love it! Wish they would have allowed me to bottle my own though as the . Click here for a map and directions. , Fax: (806) 892-2266. . opening of their 1/2 gal. jar is way too small. All in all, a fun trip for the kids and visiting in-laws!"

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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