Frequently Asked Questions
Pick-Your-Own Hours

Pick-Your-Own Days and Hours:

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday  8:00 – 4:30

*Payment for picking will close at 4:30 but we will allow pickers to stay in the orchard til 5:00. Anyone in the orchard past this time will be asked to leave.


Photography Sessions

Our farm offers a beautiful and unique backdrop for photography shoots to take place; with the blooming trees in the spring to the apple covered trees in the fall. We welcome both professional and amateur photographers to capture these moments.

We have 50 acres of peach trees which will start blooming around the beginning of March with beautiful pink blooms. Peaches will be growing and ready to pick by mid-June.

The apple trees are planted across 100 acres and start blooming the beginning of April with white blooms.

Apples will be growing and full on the branches from September through the end of October.

We note: Appointments must be made in advance. Please email us from our contact section on our website or by contacting us through our Facebook page.

To request an appointment for a photo session. We will reply and confirm your appointment once we have received the request.

What is the inclement weather policy?

Scott’s Orchard reserves the right to close the apple orchard due to inclement weather (heavy rain, thunder, lighting, and/or severe winds) without advance notice in order to protect their customers and employees.

What Farmer’s Markets do y’all go to?

Bailey Cove (Saturdays)

Greene Street (Thursdays)

Latham (Tuesdays)

Madison City (Saturdays)

Does Scott’s Orchard support the local community?

Scott’s Orchard support all types of community activities. We sponsor many sports teams, yearbooks, and even give away a yearly scholarship.

Donation requests are only accept via the online form. Requests in person, by phone, by fax, and by mail are NOT accepted.

The scholarship application is always available the first week of February.

Do you offer school tours?

At this time, we do not offer any type of large group tours. We will, however, schedule apple tasting sessions for any large group.

Is your farm pet friendly?

Unfortunately, we do not allow any type of animals on our farm. Firstly, this is a requirement of the health department. Anyone with a service animal, as defined by ADA, will be fully accommodated. If a service animal is required on an operations tour, the entire tour group will run a modified schedule.

What do I do with my peaches after I buy them?

Our peach care card will tell you exactly what to do with your peaches, and be sure to watch some of our recipes to see all the treats you can make with them.

How to care for your peaches

Do you wholesale fruit?

Yes, we do accommodate wholesale orders. Give us a call at (256) 828-4563 and ask to speak to Kevin or Will for more information on wholesale.

Is your orchard family owned and operated?

Yes, we are 116 years old and have had 5 generations of family living on the farm.

Can I buy a tree from your orchard and grow it myself?

We take a pre-order for apple and peach trees at the beginning of each season, usually starting in December.  It is recommended to order the trees as soon as possible since there are limited quantities.  All trees come in five gallon buckets, and are to be picked-up at the orchard usually towards the end of March, which is as soon as it is safe to plant the trees.  If you are unsure of the pick up date, check our website, Facebook Page, or our Instagram.  

Below is the link to order grow-your-own trees.  This site also provides you with a detailed description and type of apple and peach trees available.

How do you sell your fruit? By the pound?

We sell peaches in a woven wooden 8 quart market basket (~10lbs).

We sell our apples by the half-peck (~5lbs or 12 apples,) the peck (~10lbs or 24 apples,) the half-bushel (~20 lbs or 50 apples,) or the bushel (~40lbs, 100 apples, the WHOLE box.) Four pecks make a bushel.

Do you grow everything you sell?

We grow our own peaches, nectarines, watermelons, tomatoes, okra, squash, beans, and apples. The sweet potatoes we sell come from our neighbors next door!

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, all major credit/debit cards, checks, Apple Pay, Andriod Pay, and FMNP vouchers. We do not accept EBT cards at this time.

When were my peaches picked?

The peaches we sell are always picked the morning of or the day before.

Do you have Pick-Your-Own?

We do! The fall of 2017 was our first year to offer Pick-Your-Own apples to the public. Thanks to all our customers, it was a great success! We have many new plans to expand in the future years.

We will start taking reservations August 1, 2018 for our fall operations tour.

What is the difference between clingstone and freestone peach?

A freestone peach will fall right off the pit when cut in half. Thus, the freestone peach is great for eating and highly favorited for cooking and canning. The fruit inside of a clingstone peach does not fall off of the pit. Thus, still making it a great peach to eat though not favored for cooking and freezing.

When is peach/apple season?

Peach season always starts in June. Our freestone peaches start coming in after the Fourth of July. We then role straight into apple season which always starts on Labor Day. The best time to come for apples is the first of October which is the time we have the most variety. We normally sell apples through November/December.

Do you spray your fruit?

Yes, we are a conventional farm. We have a very intense IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program. We use weather models, computer forecasts, and visual observations to only target specific diseases and pests during any particular spray.

Do you have online orders?

Our web-store is up and running and onlines orders can be placed on it.

How many acres do you have producing fruit?

We farm 1,200 acres. We have 150 acres in fruit trees: 90 acres in apples and 60 in peaches.