Rent A Tree
When you rent a tree at Earth First Farms, you get all produce from that tree for a year. We take care of the tree all year, and in the fall you get to come pick your apples from your apple tree.
To rent a certified organic apple tree for the 2013 harvest for only $55, please choose your variety below and complete your purchase via PayPal. Trees are listed in chronological order by ripening date. If this is a gift, please give us the recipient’s details and critical dates in the “notes” section. You can also print out a full-color gift certificate.
2013 tree leases are now closed, but you can still come to the farm to pick apples! Please check back after January 1 for 2014 rentals.
Yield varies based on the tree, the year, and the weather, among other factors. We usually expect to harvest 2 or 3 bushels of apples from each tree in an average year. At about 40 pounds per bushel, that means 80 to 120 pounds of apples. In a bumper year, you may harvest up to five bushels from a single tree.
Expect about 60% of your tree’s apples to be ready for fresh eating, and about 40% that you will want to juice, sauce, or make into pie filling.
For more information about individual varieties, read our varietal descriptions.
There are no guarantees as to picking dates, though we can give you estimates based on previous years. We test your apples as they begin to ripen, and when the sugar content shows that they are ready to pick, we let you know immediately. We try to give you a week’s notice to plan a trip.
All the apples from your tree can be picked in one trip to the farm.
The cost to rent a tree for the year is $55.
The Gunkel family was kind enough to share their blog entry about their 2009 Empire tree lease harvest. They have some great ideas!