Frequently Asked Questions

When are you open?

2014 Hours of Operation

OPENING DATE IS TBA - DEPENDS ON CROP AVAILABILITY

May 2nd - November 2nd

Monday – Saturday 9-6
Sundays 10-5

November

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10-5
LAST DAY OF SEASON November 23rd

 

When do peaches (strawberries, nectarines, apples, pumpkins, etc) get ripe?

Please see our Fruit Availability Chart for general ripening dates. Remember that ripening dates can vary due to weather; please check the Today at the Orchard section of the homepage for latest updates.

We want to pick our own – what do we do when we get there?

Great! Come on inside the market and we will get you started. Bring a container from home if you have one; otherwise, we will have containers available for sale. We will let you know what is ripe, how to pick it, and where to pick! Please only pick in the designated areas. When you finish picking, bring your fruit back to the market – we will weigh it and charge you accordingly. Please pick only what you intend to pay for. And remember, you are responsible for what your children pick!

Can I just pick any fruit I see?

Not all varieties are ripe at the same time. We carefully monitor the orchards and only open for picking the areas that have ripe fruit. Our staff will direct you to the current picking areas – please respect our property and stay in these areas.

Can we bring our dog with us?

  1. We recommend leaving your pets at home.  We often have large crowds; some pets don't do well around strangers, and not all other customers love animals.  If you choose to bring your pet, please keep the following in mind:  Pets must be socialized, well-behaved, and leashed. They are not permitted in our store, nor in the strawberry patch or pumpkin patch. Owners must also be socialized and well-behaved – please clean up after your pet, even in the orchard. Keep in mind that while many people love pets, many also do not. Please be respectful.  There are folks who will report animals that are left in cars.  Keeping in mind the safety and well-being of your pet, it's usually best to leave him/her at home.

Can we taste the fruit in the orchard?

We don’t mind if you sample the fruit in the orchard; however, we ask that you not be wasteful.

Can I just pick any fruit I see?

Not all varieties are ripe at the same time.  We carefully monitor the orchards and only open for picking the areas that have ripe fruit.  Our staff will direct you to the current picking areas – please respect our property and stay in these areas. To see our other farm policies, please click here.

Can I smoke while at the orchard?

Chiles Peach Orchard is a drug-free, alcohol-free, non-smoking facility.  This includes electronic/vapor cigarettes. Smoking is not permitted ANYWHERE on our property. Yes, this includes all outdoor areas!

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, MasterCard,Discover, and cash.

What is the difference between a clingstone and a freestone peach?

Peaches and nectarines are either cling-stone (which means the fruit does not come away from the seed easily), semi-cling-stone (which means that some of the fruit will come away from the seed), or free-stone (which means the seed breaks away easily from the fruit).  Generally, the earlier varieties are cling-stone.  Many people like to use cling-stone peaches for pickling.  For canning and freezing, most people prefer free-stone fruit, as it is much easier to work with.  By late July and into August, all the varieties will be free-stone.

What is the best apple to use for a pie (or applesauce, or salad, etc)?

Please click here for our Apple Use Chart.

Can I freeze cider?

Cider freezes beautifully – just open the container, let about 1 cup out (to make room for expansion), re-cap, and put in the freezer. It will taste just the same when you bring it out to thaw! Stock up so you will have plenty for the holidays and the winter ahead.

What is your connection with Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville?

Both Carter Mountain Orchard and Chiles Peach Orchard are owned and operated by the Chiles Family. You can pick peaches and apples at Carter Mountain, as well as enjoy the spectacular 40-mile view! Click here to learn more!

What do you do in the winter? Go to Hawaii??

Doesn’t that sound great?  However, there is much to be done in the orchard in the non-harvest season!  Each and every tree must be pruned for maximum production and tree performance.  This process begins immediately after harvest and takes 3-4 months to complete.  We also repair equipment and buildings.  New trees must be planted in the late winter and early spring.  Once the fruit starts blooming, we carefully monitor the weather – if the forecast is for below-freezing temperatures, we must use frost-prevention methods.  We will be up all night checking temperatures, running wind machines, using overhead irrigation, and many other procedures to protect our crop as best we can.  After bloom, the trees must be thinned (mostly done by hand) so that the fruit will be of good size.  Finally, there are several conferences and meetings to attend, so that we stay current in the latest technology and industry trends.  And before you know it, it’s harvest time again!


 

Check our Fruit Availability Chart to learn
when your favorite fruit is ripe!

Fruit Availability Chart

What's going on at Chiles Peach Orchard?
Check our Calendar of Events to find out.

Calendar of Events

434-823-1583
info@chilespeachorchard.com
1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet, VA

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