Orchard Hill Farms
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Orchard Hill Farms
Hertha's Cookbook


1 cup quick oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup canola oil (more or less according to consistency)
Peel, core, and slice apples - at least 6 to fill a 9x13 pan.


Grease 9x13 pan, fill with apple slices, cover with topping. Adjust apple to fill pan to your liking, increase amount of topping to your liking. Press down gently on the topping. Bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes. Adjust baking time according to firmness of apples and doneness of topping. A McIntosh apple will mush up nicely, a Fuji will hold its shape. But if the top looks done, and the Fuji appears dry, take a fork and gently press down all over the top. The juice will flow. I sometimes pour a little apple syrup over the pan if I feel the apples are too dry.


Orchard Hill Farms ToursTours are available Mondays through Fridays during the apple harvest season which normally is September to mid-October. Tours are also available any time of the year, but may be limited to the indoor section because of weather. A minimum of 20 individuals is preferred, although tours have been given to small adult groups. Most of the tours are of school classes in the surrounding area, while the adult groups normally are church, senior citizens, etc.

Orchard Hill Farms ToursA typical tour begins with a wagon ride through the orchard with stops along the way to point out different methods of grafting, pest management, pruning techniques, correct picking and handling of the fruit, etc. The second part of the tour moves indoors and encompasses what happens to the fruit after harvest. A stop in the cold storage room progresses to the packing room as the fruit is followed from washing to inspection, to computerized sorting before packaging for distribution to the markets.

There is a $3.00 per person fee. Tours normally take one to one and a half hours; adult tours may take longer as questions usually require more detailed answers.

Appointments must be made for tours to avoid conflicts.