We have closed for the 2023 season. Thanks to all the support especially with the challenges of the May frost and rainy summer. See you back mid July for blueberries followed by lots of apples.
Stony Grove is an apple, blueberry, and lavender farm, nestled in Pleasant Valley just 5 miles west of Smugglers Notch. Dick and Anne, having lived in Essex Vermont since 1990, purchased the "Pratt Farm" (circa 1850), in 2015. Their hard work cultivating hundreds of apple trees and blueberry bushes over the past 7 years has created Stony Grove Apple and Blueberry U-Pick. Both Dick and Anne have a love for creativity, entertaining and community. 2019 was the first year of marketable produce and each year the plants are providing more delicious fruit. The farm stand in the barn offers picked berries and apples along with cut flowers, lavender, soaps, eggs, honey, apple cider vinegar, and other delicious treats. Dick and Anne hope people will enjoy their quintessential farmhouse property with its vast mountain views, opportunities for learning and community connection.
Dick and I have been working hard despite the devastating frost on May 17th. Our apple trees were in early bloom when temperatures hit a record low of 22 degrees. We were lucky to have some fruit set and plan to host a U-pick season but the supply will be less. Irrigation and fertigation made a huge impact on the growth of the plants in 2022. Dick expanded the deer fence this spring to save the youngest trees from deer damage and has once again added to our orchard. We will have a new crop of lavender that can be used in cooking, dried or in fresh arrangements in mid July. We had our first crop of haskap/honey berry this year. The berries are very nutritious and flavorful and we sell them frozen during the U-pick season. We will be offering U-Pick along with homemade items like old fashion apple butter, apple cider vinegar, jams and jellies, baked goods and more. We continue to host local schools for field trips and educational opportunities and we welcome Mindy, a local yoga instructor who holds outdoor classes during the summer. Most exciting, we now offer a farm stay through Airbnb. You can view the listings in the contact section of our website. We have space to picnic, and our fields are open for exploration. Our minds are spinning with ideas for entertainment, learning demonstrations, and more. So come make a day of it, relax, and bring a friend or two.
Apples: Early to Mid September
Jonamac, Premier Honeycrisp, Rubymac, Sansa, SweetMAIA*, Wildfire Gala, and Zestar
Apples: Mid September to Mid October
Ashmead's Kernel, Autumn Crisp, Daybreak Fuji, Empire, Esopus Spitzenburg, Evercrisp*, Gala, Galarina, Crimson Crisp, Crimson Gold, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Keepsake, Liberty, Ludacrisp*, Macintosh, Macoun, Nova Spy, Royal Court (Cortland), Snowsweet, Sweet Sixteen, Freedom, and Wolf River
-Some varieties are not producing yet, but anticipate them in 2023.
*Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) apples
Cider cultivars: Goldrush, Hewe's Virginia Crab, Wickson, Medaille d'Or, Harrison, Dabinett, Harry Masters Jersey, Chisel Jersey and Black Oxford. Many of the cider apple trees are just starting to produce and we are looking forward to them in the future.
Blueberries: Mid July
Duke, Blue Ray, Blue Jay, Patriot, Blue Crop, Northland, Bluetta
Haskap/ Honeyberry: Mid June
Lavender: Late June
We consult a team of experts who have years of experience in growing and maintaining apples and blueberries. We use advanced techniques and technologies to ensure the highest quality produce.
As certified private pesticide applicators, we use an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to prevent pests from reaching economically and aesthetically damaging levels with the least risk to people, property, and the environment. We do this by identifying the pest and understand its biology, monitoring the pest to be managed, considering all available management options, developing a sound pest management program, implementing the IPM program and recording and evaluating results.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours. We do not allow pets in the picking areas at all, and in the parking lot only if leashed. Please enjoy our fields beyond the orchard with your pet on leash. We ask that you not pick during heavy rain or in the event of lightening. Please follow the signs for parking and check-in in the upper barn for directions and bags.