I love walking through Kitchen Kettle Village on the days when Cherry Hill Orchards has their fruit stand set up.
As I pass the peach stand, a man (Perry Buch) asks me if I’d like a peach sample, of course I accept and watch him cut the juicy fruit right in front of me. As soon as I place that slice in my mouth I experience a taste explosion of Lancaster County sweetness.
Peaches are one of my favorite fruits and I look forward every year to a good Lancaster County crop. (This year has been excellent!) Cherry Hill Orchards grows fantastic fruits and they sell it right here in the Village. We are lucky indeed.
Here is a little history of Cherry Hill taken from their website.
The Haas Family has owned Cherry Hill since 1971. None of the original orchards are in existence today. Newer trees on “fresh” land enable Cherry Hill to produce over 100 cultivars of the newest and best strains of fruit available today. Harvest begins about mid-June with sweet cherries and usually concludes during the third week of November with the apple variety Pink Lady. About one third of our orchard production is harvested on a “pick your own” basis. One third is sold retail and one third is sold wholesale to a variety of customers.
Cherry Hill is one of the oldest Pick Your Own sweet cherry orchards in Pennsylvania with over 2,500 trees! During a typical year up to 10% of Pennsylvania’s sweet cherry crop is produced at Cherry Hill!
Cherry Hill also has: 40 Varieties of Apples, 25 Varieties of Sweet and Tart Cherries, 25 Varieties of Peaches, as well as Nectarines, Plums, Apricots, Sweet Corn And Pumpkins!
THEY ARE OPEN YEAR ‘ROUND!
Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Tour the orchards to pick your own fruit directly from the trees! Whether you enjoy sweet cherries, crisp apples or juicy peaches, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Cherry Hill Orchards all summer long. They event have hayrides and pumpkin picking in the fall!
Don’t forget to stop by during your visit! Here are the approximate ripening dates.
We are grateful to partner with Cherry Hill Orchards and look forward to many more years of eating their produce. Mmmmmmmmmm.