Catoctin Mountain Orchard, Thurmont
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Stopped here with out of town guests. We picked up fresh apples, some preserves and were lured in with the smell of baking pies. We also snagged two beautiful mums affordably priced. This place is a g... read more »
I use to make a semi-annual trip to Catoctin Mountain Orchard when I lived in Falls Church, once before Thanksgiving to buy their frozen pies to bake on Thanksgiving - the best pies and then to stock ... read more »
I have been going to this orchard for many years. I get the best fruits and vegetables. Sometimes I go a few times a week.Even though it is an hour from my home. My friends and neighbors always ask me... read more »
We were really excited about stopping at this market. We purchased two types of cheese and a variety of fruit. Returned home and found both cheeses were outdated. The one dated clear back to July. Stopped by today to hopefully take care of this situation. The manager argued with my husband stating there was an issue was the label machine and the cheese was fine. How is it acceptable to sell cheese with an expired date and claim the label is wrong. She refused to do anything with the cheese we opened and got credit for the other cheese. Not going back.
Rude, unkind behavior from one of the owners. She told me I could only buy peaches with my eyes. Wise consumers use all their senses when purchasing produce, right? She said I didn't have to buy the peaches. I told her I wouldn't. After 20 years of loyalty to this store, I have a new story to tell about this store. Too bad.
I live in Northern Virginia and I come her a couple time a year when they are open. They have fresh baked dessert like apple pies, made in house that are amazing. I also come for the local honey and produce, which is always top quality.
AdMan The Lab Rat
it's a tradition for us to go there at least twice per year now. Catoctin Mountain Orchard has got the perfect spot on US15. Literally the ideal location, location, location. These hardworking folks cram a years worth of high end gourmet retail into 9 months. Open 9AM - 5PM EVERYDAY, Starting in May until the end of December, Winding down in January 9-5 for three days a week Fri. Sat & Sun Only. Is the staff rude, perhaps, probably not in the least. Maybe they are just extremely busy. You never catch these produce folks drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, Just because someone is there stacking, sorting, working does not mean they are waiting for you to interrupt them with a question that prevents them from fulfilling their immediate responsibility. More than likely that person is trying to catch their breath and prep for the inevitable next rush of customers. This place is tiny and the rushes are predictably often and huge. This place moves volumes of crates, bushels and barrels of produce. They have more samples than CostCo, try them. We take our time, we try the seasonal samples and wait our turn smile and kindly ask if there is someone that can help us with these apples or grapes or pears,ask Generally this results in us being connected to the in-house expert on that product filling our heads with tips and tricks. By showing them you are genuinely interested and are willing to wait a couple of minutes and they will share with you the fruit of their labors. Usually the first trip is in Autumn, when the trees are changing colors. Best time to pick up a Pie for Thanksgiving Dinner, The pies are still warm from the oven so handle with care. Worse then getting a little burn is dropping a pie on the floor, so be careful they are very expensive. Actually, many of the products here are pricey, some more than others. Here you pay a premium for "High Quality Fruits, Vegetables and Condiments" Mostly you can see this High Quality Product - up close and personally and right through the looking glass. If you need one today, then already baked is the best way the variety will be limited by both the season and the crowd that came before you and got all the good stuff. If you do not need a fresh baked pie, go to the other side in the reach in freezer, there you have the best selection and variety. Also your whole house is going to smell wonderfully for hours after you bake your prized pie. (Skip the Apple Dumplings - They Look and smell great BUT nothing at all like the joy that my Grandma did bake. There are plenty of other wonderful treasures here). Before Christmas we come for the Pink Lady and Honey Crisp Apples, we always leave with two gallons of fresh CIDER and at least one PEACH PIE.
Emily Ann Meyer
Great produce, amazing desserts, also now offers "pick your own"
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