1431 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

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

We’re picking stuff

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The crew says there is too much to pick right now. There’s red raspberries and black raspberries and blackberries, cherries and black currants, fava beans and tomatoes, flowers, and more.

Oh, and mint. There is a TON of mint to cut. The official mint patch is loving life. But there’s also the we-didn’t-know-there-was-a-mint-patch-in-the-gooseberry-patch mint patch and it is taking over and in some spots is even taller than the gooseberry plants. And since gooseberry season is a-coming, that mint needs a-cutting.

Beleive it or not, there are gooseberry plants in this picture, not just mint

What we will not be picking a lot of is apricots.

Apricot trees around here have a sixth sense and always manage to bloom right when there’s a frost. Resulting in small to no apricot crops.

There will be a crop this year. But because it’s small, it changes how we talk about the harvest. Instead of, “we should get about 200 pounds” (what we’re expecting off one of the first year plum trees), it’s “I think I counted 20 apricots on this tree.”

Moral of the story: don’t grow apricots around here if you’re looking for a sure thing crop.

Also, the barn swallows have started to hatch. I stood on a pallet jack (the 2 prong fork looking things used to move pallets around) to get this picture. Turns out it was NOT secured and tried to roll away with me on it… so make sure you admire this picture of barn swallow babies that I (inadvertently) risked my life for.

Some seasonal inspiration:

Happy Eating!


PS: Yes, blueberries are here. No, 20 lb boxes of blueberries will not be available next week. Yes, they will be available the following week.

PPS: I feel like I didn’t adequately describe my death-defying feat of photographing the baby barn swallows. Here is what I stood on that tried to roll away (down a hill!) with me on it.

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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!