How We Grow Apples On The Farm| Twisting Series | Apple Holler

How We Grow Series - Twisting the Apple


How We Grow Series – Twisting the Apple

How to properly pick an Apple

Apple Holler is unlike any other orchard. Our efforts in being ecologically-friendly help us grow our one-of-a-kind apples each year. In honor of apple season, we would like to share how we maintain our orchard to make it safe and the best it can be for all customers. We are now introducing a new series called “How We Grow”, which will give you an inside look at our processes. This week we are showing the correct way to pick an apple from our 30,000 trees!

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree will ripen first. An apple is ripe enough to pick if it separates easily from the branch. Another way to check to see if an apple is truly ripe is to taste it, which is included in your Apple Holler experience fee!

Once you know apples are ripe, then you’re ready to pick. A common method most people use to pick apples is to grab hold and pull until they come off the tree. However, this can not only cause damage to the tree, but it can also cause apples to fall off.

apple twistSince apples grow on the spur of a tree and not the branch, pulling directly from the tree can cause the spur to come with it, which eliminates the valuable fruit-producing branch, along with the number of places on the tree that can produce apples.

To correctly pick an apple, use an upward twisting method and apply slight pressure with the palm of your hand instead of pulling. This will force the stem of the apple to separate from the spur branch. This way, the tree will avoid damage, and there will be more apples for picking!

You may also like
How We Grow Healthy Apples
Red Apples
Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal– A flavorful & healthy breakfast!
Apple Holler has great early ripening all-purpose apples: Paula Red, Zestar! & Red Free
A new apple found after a hurricane?  Learn the history of Gingergold apples

Leave a Reply

Find out what we're picking next and get notified of upcoming events:


In order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff while having an enjoyable time on the farm, Apple Holler has implemented the following procedures:

  1. Face Masks Recommended: Face masks are recommended, but not required when coming indoors at Apple Holler. 
  2. Vaccinations: Vaccinations are highly encouraged.
  3. Showing Symptoms? If you, someone in your party, or someone with whom you have recently come into contact with are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit our farm. Return home and follow the CDC guidelines.
  4. Keep Your Distance: Stay a minimum of 6 feet (preferably more) away from other visitors and staff at all times.
  5. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly When You Arrive: Please use hand sanitizer & hand washing stations (indoor & outdoor) upon arrival and often. We have dispensers placed for your convenience.

We are committed to keeping your family, our family, and our employees safe. There remains an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present and we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed. Regular sanitizing, access to sanitizer and handwashing, and daily health checks of our employees are just some of the precautions we are taking.