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Welcome to Mead Orchards
Pick-Your-Own
2014

U-Pick Weekend + Labor Day
Aug 30-31 & Sep 1
and Weekend Farm Stand

OPEN 10am-6pm Sat, Sun + Mon 

BLUEBERRIES
APPLES:
Blondee, Gala, McIntosh
PLUMS

There is no entrance fee for Pick-Your-Own. Strawberry, Blueberry, and Cherry pickers will find containers and will pay at the tents in the orchards. For Peaches and Apples, pickers will stop at our farm stand near the barn to pick up containers and get directions, and then drive up into the orchards. You'll pay for your U-Pick items at the farm stand. You may also park and walk -- just keep in mind there are some hills, and fruit can be heavy to carry.

PLEASE PICK ONLY the designated U-PICK items. (Only those items are ripe and available for you to pick) PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB TREES. Period!

Our Farm Stand is open from Late JULY through OCTOBER, on WEEKENDS ONLY, DURING U-PICK HOURS. Here we have more already-picked fruit and vegetables in season: peaches, pears, plums, berries, and many varieties of apples. Plus vegetables, including  tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, greens, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, summer and winter squashes, and pumpkins. In addition, we usually have our own honey, apple cider, tomato sauce, and homemade jams.

Because ourFarm Stand / U-Pick operation is seasonal and rustic, we have no concession stand, and no running water, and our bathroom "facilities" are limited: "porta pottys" (with hand-washing). So please be prepared, and SMILE!  And, if you're thinking of bringing a large group, PLEASE call Beth Mead at 845-756-5641 or 845-756-2526 to see about making arrangements ahead of time. Thanks!

Please review our ORCHARD SAFETY and "ETIQUETTE" information below. Thanks.

2014 U-PICK Schedule
updated August 27, 2014

Note: Harvest dates for all items are our best GUESS ahead of time.
Varieties and pick dates can change on short notice due to factors such as: weather, ripening times, crop size, how soon they're picked, etc. Schedule will be updated as info changes.
Contact: 845-756-5641

>> 2014 <<
U-Pick Dates

Varieties Available to Pick

June 3 to mid-late June
(16th -- Father's Day)


STRAWBERRIES
Open: 3 to 7 pm ONLY,
Monday thru Friday,
10 am to 6 pm,
 Saturday & Sunday

The following items Pick WEEKENDS ONLY


WEEKEND
&
Holiday
U-Pick Dates

WEEKENDS, 10 am - 6 pm
plus Friday, July 4,
& Monday holidays: Labor Day and Columbus Day

Dates and varieties subject to change -
call ahead to be sure: 845-756-5641

JUNE 28-29

Cherries - Sweet
NOTE: Cherries are limited this year due to the hard winter we had.
There will be NO U-Pick Tart Cherries at all.
I know. We're pretty disappointed too!

Blueberries

FRIDAY JULY 4th !!
JULY 4-5-6

Blueberries -- Sorry, No more U-Pick Cherries this year

JULY 12-13 Blueberries
JULY 19-20 Blueberries

JULY 26-27

Blueberries
Weekend Farm Stand Opens for season!

AUG 2-3

Blueberries

AUG 9-10 Blueberries
AUG 16-17

Blueberries
Apples: Ginger Gold, Sansa, Zestar

AUG 23-24

Blueberries
Plums
Apples: Sansa, Zestar

AUG 30-31, Sep 1
(Labor Day weekend)
Blueberries,
Plums,
Apples: Blondee, Gala, McIntosh
SEP 6-7

Plums
Apples:

SEP 13-14

Apples:
Pumpkins

SEP 20-21

Apples:
Pumpkins

SEP 27-28

Apples:
Pumpkins

OCT 4-5 Apples:
Pumpkins
OCT 11-12-13
Columbus Day Weekend

Apples:
Pumpkins

OCT 18-19 Apples:
Pumpkins

OCT 25-26

Apples:
Pumpkins

ORCHARD ETIQUETTE: As you're in our orchards, please keep in mind that our fruit trees, and plantings are a long term investment for us -- our livelihood! We've nursed our crops through frosts (ouch), wind, rainfall variations, hail (ouch, ouch!), drought and other assorted problems and pests in order to bring you the highest quality food we can. So, while you're enjoying the fruit of our labor, please respect our farm and the trees... the way you'd want us to respect your garden, yard and plantings! Thanks!

Almost all our trees are semi-dwarf or dwarf trees.  PLEASE! NO CLIMBING the trees! Period!Also, we do NOT allow picking tools (except your hands). There's plenty of delicious fruit within easy reach from the ground. Thanks!
 

And for Safety's Sake--yours and others-- PLEASE:

- ALWAYS Drive  S-L-O-W-L-Y ! There are other pickers and children on foot, and other vehicles on the roads. Plus, our driving "roads" (used mostly by tractors and other farm vehicles) are pretty rough and narrow, with some 2-way traffic sections, "blind" intersections and turns. So please pay attention as you drive.

- Watch your step and wear shoes and clothes suitable for the "un-manicured" outdoors and the weather. As a working farm, we have tractor ruts, holes, rocks and roots, so please take care. Also beware of the occasional patch of poison ivy.

- Keep the kids under control for their safety. PLEASE - No climbing, riding bikes, throwing stuff ... and running can be hazardous! There are other cars and sometimes farm vehicles moving through the orchard, as well as uneven ground with occasional ruts, holes (usually from varmints), roots and rocks. We want everyone to enjoy their picking experience, and be safe at the same time!

- Please leave the pets at home, or keep them leashed. Thanks.

- Please don't leave litter, and PLEASE--no smoking!

Thanks! Come visit us soon!

Mead Orchards LLC
Mailing address: 15 Scism Rd, Tivoli NY 12583
Phone: 845-756-5641 -- Fax: 845-756-4008