Eating Apple or Cooking Apple?

Today we are going to talk about the difference between an eating apple and a cooking apple. Many people don’t know that there are types of apples specifically for cooking. 

At Cider Hill Family Orchard, we grow 18 different kinds of apples.  We have both great cooking and eating apples. Based on our experience, we tend to mix several kinds of apples together for our apple food products as well as our Fresh Pressed Cider.  


Cooking Apples

These apples are what you make pies, crisp, sauce and jam out of. The best for pies are the firm flesh and tart taste. When choosing an apple for sauces, the best are the ones that are soft. 

Examples: Jonathons, Rome, Granny Smith


Eating Apples

These apples are the ones that taste good of course! They have a more sweet flavor and can be soft or crisp. 

Examples: Gala, Empire, Fuji, Hilltop, Red Dixie, Pristine, Honey Crisp


All-Purpose Apples

These apples are the jack of all trades of apples. Great for all your cooking needs and taste delicious. 

Examples: Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Winesap, Jonagold, Enterprise, Gold Rush

While these are the outline for the different purposes of apples but we encourage you to experiment by using several different types and seeing what you like best!

See you at the Orchard!

U-Pick 101

Cider Hill Family Orchard is a U-Pick Orchard. What does this mean exactly? It means that you and your family get the experience of picking your own fruit. Here is the rundown of what happens at our orchard.


When you arrive to the orchard, head up towards the store. It’s in between the barn and the Victorian house. You will see a fruit stand with bushels of apples.

You will be greeted by Cider Hill welcomers who will explain pricing, what apples we are picking, and what to do when you are done picking; you can taste the varieties we have that day to see which you prefer.

After you have picked the size of bag you would like, head over to the hayride in front of the house (Hayrides start Labor Day weekend, before Labor Day weekend, a Cider Hill employee will walk you to the trees).


Your tractor driver will take you to the trees we are picking that day. Please ONLY pick at the trees that they advise. We often run out of apples so quickly because people pick unripened  apples. 

Find a tree you like and start picking! We are totally okay with taste testing while you are picking. You have to make sure you love the apples! 

After you have filled your bag up as full as you can, you can catch a ride back up to the store on the hayride or you can walk. If you couldn’t fill your bag up all the way, that’s totally fine. You can fill the rest of your bag up with our pre-picked apples up at the fruit stand. 

After you have paid for you apples, we hope you will stick around and enjoy the property, activities and yummy treats we have available for purchase! Our apple cider donuts are our best seller.

We hope to see you at the orchard!

Apple Prices 2019

Kids bag $5.00

Peck  $11.00 

1/2 Bushel $21.00  

Bushel $40.00