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If you’ve ever eaten fruit in Boyertown--chances are it was grown at Frecon Farms.
Maintaining true to this year’s early-season trend, apples have arrived and are ready to be picked.
“We’ve been two weeks ahead of everything,” said Josh Smith, Outside Sales & Marketing Director for Frecon Farms. “We, the pickers, were concerned we’d have to pick the Gala pplies prior to Pick Fest, luckily the recent cold nights have kept them.”
Approximately 140-150 acres are lined with a variety of fruit bearing trees; apples, peaches, pears, apricots, raspberries, apricots, pumpkins, etc. are all grown on the property.
This year, Frecon Farms has produced about ten different types of apples: McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Rome, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith and Fuji.
There are also several pear varieties such as Bartlett, Red Barlett, Canal Red, Bosc, and Comice.
There is so much fruit, in fact, that the Frecon Farms staff continues to invite the public back every fall to pick their own fruit.
Pick Your Own, an event which began this year on Sept. 1 and runs until October, welcomes those that are interested to experience one of the orchards first-hand.
“One of the main goals of the Frecon brand is to reconnect people with their food,” said Smith. “Right now, Galas, McIntosh, and Cortlant have been really popular for bakers seeings bulk at a bargain.”
About 25 acres are reserved for Pick Your Own and for the annual PickFest Bluegrass Festival, Frecon’s celebration of the fall harvest season to be held on Oct. 6.
Currently, Frecon supplies produce to eight school districts. Not only are local students enjoying fresh and local fruit, but they also have the oppurtunity to learn about where that fruit comes from.
Smith conducts the informational tours for many schools, and couldn’t be happier to explain that fruit does not simply come from the grocery store. The entire process is presented at these tours, from growing and packing to shipment and store display.
Frecon Farms has been growing tree fruits since 1944. Henry Frecon, the main picker, tends to the orchards with about eight other pickers.