Yes we can grow apples in Texas . Apple Valley Orchard is owned and operated by John and Susan Caballero. John isn't as mean as he looks.
Check out our web site to learn more about Texas apples and our orchard.
In addition to apples, we have blackberries and a test raspberry plot. Stop by and see our pet Longhorns, Headie and Chuy, the gold fish (to numerous to name), the Texas Ranger former home site, and our storefront.
The web site features a sample clip of our “Texas Apples” video. Also look for nature video clips under the Apple Video button. Video clips include honey bees, Texas wild flowers, and wildlife.
Hours of operation:
Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday – noon to 5:00 pm
April through July 5th
August through December
Information On Texas Apples
Facts: Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
*Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since at least 6500 B.C.
Well, sorry for the long wait for an update. We are at the end of our first harvest and have picked over ninety bushels of apples. We had a great crop of Gala, Mollies Delicious, Fuji, and Crispin apples and will be picking Pink Lady apples in a couple of weeks. The trees were loaded with fruit to the point of limbs breaking due to the weight of the apples. I thought we were all right -- we thinned up to 200 apples off every tree. I don’t know where the extra apples came from, but they seemed to magically appear.
Susan and I are enjoying seeing peoples’ reactions when they bite into a tree ripened Texas apple. One person commented that our Gala apples were too sweet. And, no, we do not add sugar to our cider!
Our bees produced 200 pounds of honey this year. We have four hives for pollination. My cousin Kira from New York came to visit and helped me with pulling supers off two hives and extracting honey. We extracted over eighty pounds from each of those two hives.
We have also been busy making apple butter, peach and blackberry jams, and our sweet jalapenos, which continue to grow in popularity. Apple pies are on this week’s work schedule.
I will end by saying support your local farmers and have a blessed year.
Apple Valley Store is open. We have apple cider, apple butter, homemade ice cream, handmade soaps, bees wax lotions and lip balms, essential oils and lots more interesting items. The store will be open Thursday through Sunday for the rest of the year. Happy fruit growing and eating.