Maple Crisp Orchard
Open: January 1 - December 31
Monday to Saturday 8:30am - 6pm No Sunday Sales
Maple Crisp is perhaps equally well-known for their apple orchard as they are for their maple sugar bush. If you are the kind of person who enjoys a really good apple, you should talk to Norman Horst. He can tell you the best kinds for fresh eating, baking and storing. With over 25 varieties, including a heritage Blenheim Orange Pippin, you’re sure to find varieties to suit the tastes of everyone in your family. In addition to the common varieties found in supermarkets, Maple-Crisp Orchard produces: Macoun, Fiesta, Spartan, Royal Gala, Honey-Crisp, Snows, Jona-Gold, Talmon Sweet, Russet, Northern Spy, Vista Bella, Yellow Harvest, Jersey Mac, Melba Paula Red, St. Lawrence, Ginger Gold, and Jona-Mac. The secret to Maple-Crisp Orchard’s great selection and long season is a combination of orcharding wisdom of knowing when to pick perfectly ripe apples as well as a huge cooler that stores the apples at 2 degrees Celsius.
Norman and Bernadine Horst bought the 110 acre farm (8 acres in apple orchard) in 2000 and renamed it Maple-Crisp to highlight the fact that the farm has 18 acres of sugar bush. Each year busloads of people celebrating the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival arrive at the Horst farm to watch the sap boiling in the sugar shack and enjoy the fresh baked goods and hot chocolate while stocking up on fresh maple syrup.
In addition to apples, apple butter, apple cider and maple products you’ll also find other local food like potatoes and honey that make a stop at Maple-Crisp well worthwhile.
We offer tours of our maple sugar bush in season. Be sure and visit during the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival in April.