COVID-19 Precautions - Apple Holler

COVID-19 Precautions

If you have been to Apple Holler for pick-your-own in the past, this year will look different due to the procedures surrounding COVID-19. We thank you for your patience and kindness and ask that you please bear with us as we plot our course through the changing dynamics of the 2020 Season. We will continue to adapt our safety guidelines and procedures to keep our customers and staff safe. Our goal is to promote health, safety, and fun for our guests and team members.

We cannot begin to describe how thankful we are and have always been for the support of our loyal customers. Please know our goal is to bring you the very best orchard experience.

What We Are Doing

Your confidence in our business is very important, which is why we are doing everything we can to operate safely, including:

  • Following CDC recommendations and local health department guidelines.
  • Ensuring that employees stay home if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Checking employees’ temperatures and requiring them to complete a fitness-for-work assessment each day upon arrival.
  • Requiring employees to wear masks and gloves, exercise proper social distancing, and take regular hand-washing and sanitizing breaks.
  • Sanitizing frequently-touched surfaces.

Pick-Your-Own Guidelines

Following these rules and guidelines will enable us to provide a safe and enjoyable Pick-Your-Own Season for everyone at Apple Holler. Our guidelines are subject to change as needed to comply with mandates issued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Please do not visit our farm if you or someone in your household have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 up to 14 days prior to visiting our farm.
  • All pickers must wash their hands with soap and water at one of our many handwashing stations before entering the orchard. Once washed, please avoid touching your face.
  • All guests must wear face masks to visit especially when social distancing is not possible and they are in the check-in lines. Anyone without a mask will not be permitted to enter. Children ages 2 and under are not required to wear a mask. Masks will be available for purchase if you cannot provide your own.
  • Always follow staff instructions
  • While on the premises, please maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from other pickers (and preferably much more).
  • While in the orchard, if you are at a very safe distance (at least 20 feet from other customers), you may take your mask off temporarily. It is often very hot, and we understand that you may need to breathe more freely at times.

*Anyone who does not comply with our guidelines, including and especially those regarding social distancing and wearing face masks, will be asked to leave.
*No refunds; all sales are final

  • Each guest who enters the orchard must purchase a bag at the Orchard Market.
  • Credit and debit cards are strongly preferred.
  • There will be no parking allowed in the parking lot immediately in front of our buildings, but there will be FREE parking available in the lots on the north and south ends of our property.
  • Refrain from gathering on-site with friends and family in groups of more than 10.
  • This year, wagon rides will not be available to carry customers through the orchard, so please plan accordingly.
  • There will be no food samples and no single serve donuts.
  • Our Farm Park will be closed for the time being.
  • Walking to and around the Orchard and Hardwood Forest will be permitted, but not anywhere else on the farm.
  • Outside bags or containers are not allowed. Apple Holler will provide the necessary picking bags needed for a safe and enjoyable day.
  • Households must stay close together. Children must always remain within arms-length of adults.
  • No outside food or drink allowed on the property (Except water).
  • No eating or picnicking is allowed at the farm, and we encourage you to take your fruit home and wash it before consumption.
  • In order to avoid larger crowds (especially on weekends), we suggest that you consider visiting us Monday-Thursday or on the weekends earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.
  • No dogs (except service animals) are allowed on the farm. Pets whose function is to provide emotional support (ESA) do not qualify as a Service Animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We have the right to refuse pets whose function is not that of the service animal.

Please know that if you don’t feel comfortable visiting the Farm right now, we understand and encourage you to delay your visit until a time in the future when you do feel comfortable. We believe that each of us has to do what we feel is right and/or safe for ourselves and our families. With that decision comes personal responsibility to voluntarily assume and accept all risks associated with that decision, including the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19.