Pickers travel from across the state to take fresh fruits from Cadron Crest Orchard back home.
“It’s a great way to get out of the house and spend time with family and friends,” 21-year-old Scout Henry said as she worked the family’s stand Saturday.
Henry said she’s worked at her family’s orchard since she was about 8 years old.
Previously owned by Jim and Faye Battles, Scout said her father, Tom, bought the orchard from her stepmother’s parents in 2005, she said.
Fairfield Bay resident Glenda Kennedy frequently visits the Cadron Crest Orchard to hand pick fresh fruits.
“It makes all the difference in the world,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for six or seven years. The fruit here is so much fresher and it tastes so good. You can pick your own, so you can pick whatever you want.”
While staff lost nearly 60 percent of its crops this year, pickers can take a trip down Mode Road in Guy to pick apples and grapes through the end of August.
“We had a late freeze in late spring, so we literally had snow on our blooms,” Scout said. “We spent quite a bit of money, around $15,000 or $20,000 on frost protection and still lost about 60 percent of our crop.”
Cadron Crest will also have pumpkins available through mid-October.
Scout said those interested in what’s available for picking can call 501-679-3243, a recording is updated each day on what is available and what time the orchard will open and close its gates for the day.
Throughout its season, Cadron Crest offers peaches, apples, grapes, strawberries, nectarines, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, cantaloupes, blackberries and squash.
“They’ve got the best cantaloupe I’ve had in years,” Kennedy said. “The tomatoes, they didn’t have that hard yellow core in the middle of them. They were just so meaty and so good.”
Scout said she welcomes everyone out to the orchard to enjoy some family fun in the fresh air.