We understand that people want local and farm fresh produce as a healthy (and fun) alternative to mass supplied supermarket foods. We strive to use organic methods when practical. Generally, we use organically approved methods on our Cherries, Apricots, Plums, Pumpkins, and Squash.
We do use some conventional pesticides (non-organic) on our apples and pears, due to their greater effectiveness. However, we use the minimal amount necessary to effectively control damage from pests.
We do not spray our produce solely to enhance the cosmetic appearance like many large commercial orchards do. Therefore, you may notice implications on the produce that you might not see on supermarket food, but generally they are just cosmetic and do not affect the quality of the fruit.
We take pride in how we handle the food that we grow. We’re happy to feed it to our family, and we hope that you’re happy to feed it to yours.
If you would like to know more about our pest management strategy, please ask.
Our family bought this 20-acre farm in May of 2017. We weren’t really looking for a farm or orchard, we were just looking for a quiet home in the country. What we found was so much more than that. We’re just a part time hobby farm, although we’ve found that there really is no such thing as a “part time” farm, and it’s certainly more than a hobby – it’s a way of life.
Because we have off-farm jobs (and little kids) our store has very limited hours. We operate mostly on the honor system and try to keep things simple. During the growing season, the orchard is open for U-pick every day, and we usually have already picked fruit available as well. The store is generally open on Saturdays July through October.
We grow cherries (Bing, Rainier, Lambert, Pie), Apricots, Red Plums, Pears (Bartlett, D’Anjou, and Asian Pears), Apples (Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Macoun, Winter Banana, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith), and Pumpkins. We also have a small flock of chickens that produce about 20 dozen eggs per week.
Our first year has been quite an experience. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our farm. We hope you enjoyed your experience. We’ll be taking time this winter to do some planning so that next year can be even better. We’ll be working to have better quality fruit and we’re planning on adding more fruits, gourds, and some small livestock!
If you’re a former customer of Sundown Brown’s we’d love to have you come back, and if you’ve never been here please come by and check things out.