1431 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

Open Tue-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5


Taking a bite

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When people call asking what fruit/vegetable/herb is in front of them, we almost always ask, “What does it taste like?” But very few people will taste things before knowing what it is (not necessarily a bad thing; there are plenty of non-edible things in the world) so we’re left trying to determine what the green leafy thing or round fruit is.

I think about the not-tasting-until-knowing thing every time I randomly grab something in the field or my yard and try it. “What’s that growing there? Looks kinda like mint. Oh, it’s lemon balm. I was close.”

“Those Asian pears look very apple-like right now. Ooo there’s one on the ground, is it ripe? Oof. Nope. It can go back on the ground.”

No filter. They really are that green apple-like looking on this tree

“Oh, the plums are ripe, nice. Eek. Forgot how tart the skin can be. Here Mom, you want it?” (No, I am not 2, and yes, I did still offer up my plum minus 2 bites. Sharing is caring after all).

The plum incident was 2 weeks ago, but apparently, I didn't take a picture of them and the tree is all picked. So here are some prune plums instead. Don't worry, their skin isn't that tart so you don't need to find anyone to share one of these with.

Now obviously you don’t want to go willy-nilly eating stuff you don’t have some idea what is. After all, you could end up eating an unripe persimmon or worse, fennel (apologies to the people who like fennel. To each their own). But for the most part, knowing what something is ahead of time isn’t going to make your tastebuds like it any more. And your tastebuds will be able to tell you what to do with the fruit/vegetable/herb even without a name.

Some seasonal inspiration:

Guatemalan Green Bean Fritters

Corn and Tomato Salad

Kale and Eggplant Baked Ziti

Peach Basil Gin Smash

Brazilian Corn Pudding


Happy Eating! 



PS: if you’ve seen the construction going on on Foulk Rd in front of us and are wondering what’s going on, I’ve got the deets. DelDot says they sent letters out explaining the project, but so far we haven’t found anyone who received a letter…. But we were able to snag a (really nice) on-site supervisor who explained everything.

The current school zone speed limit flashing signs will be taken down. In their place, there will be a flashing sign right by our entrance and right by the entrance to St. Paul’s Church.

The current traffic lights for the pedestrian crosswalk will be taken down and replaced with a much larger pole, hopefully increasing visibility to drivers. (I hope they also fix the crosswalk timing so you’re not waiting 2 minutes for the little man to show up).

And lastly, the bus stop at the corner of Foulk Rd and Tenby Dr will be expanded.

Even though it seems like they’re working at a pretty good pace, the project end date isn’t until the middle of October.

Open Tue-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5. 

Closed Sunday & Monday.

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About Highland Orchards

Completely surrounded by suburbia, our small farm has been growing beyond expectations since 1832, just north of Wilmington, Delaware.

Growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, Highland Orchards provides true “farm fresh” for the community all year. If you want to shake the hand of the farmer who grows for you, here is the farm! With plants in the ground or under cover in tunnels, we grow for every season. A family farm, we have three different generations involved in running the farm right now.

Come see us to eat fresh, eat local, and eat well!