Sunrise Orchards is a 200 acre apple farm located in Cornwall, Vermont, just south of Middlebury, Vermont right in the heart of the Champlain Valley. Our soil is mostly Vergennes Clay and Nullis Stony Loam which hold moisture and nutrients and our trees thrive in this environment. The Vermont climate also lends itself well to apple growing with hot summers and cool, sun-filled autumns that redden the fruit during its last stages of growth.
We grow several varieties of apples including McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Paula Red, Macoun, Red Delicious and Granny Smith.
We start our growing season in April, monitoring the newly budding trees and continue through the May bloom and into the summer months, carefully tending the fruits and shepherding them through the many threats that appear before the apples are ready to pick. Around mid-August we begin to harvest our early apples, the Paula Reds, and then we move on to the McIntosh, which make up about 70% of our trees and ending with our late season apples, Red Delicious and Empire.
As soon as harvest begins we also start selling our fruit to many stores throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, New York as well as through Red Tomato, a non-profit organization that distributes our apples to places farther afield such as Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.
We store about half of our crop in refrigerated and controlled atmosphere storage and pack it throughout the winter and spring, continuing to distribute to all of our customers. We grow about 120,000 bushels each year. Just about when we finish selling all the apples, we start a new the season all over again!
After the harvest at the end of October, our apples are comfortably stored in refrigerated rooms in Shoreham, Vermont.