North Star Orchard
Ike and Lisa Kerschner
Fruit, vegetables, and fruit butters, sauces and ciders
3226 Limestone Rd. • Cochranville, PA 19330
North Star is a small orchard specializing in unique varieties of high-quality fruit. Its owners, Ike and Lisa, sell all of their produce directly to consumers at local “producer-only” farmers’ markets, or through their own CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) . Their offerings include rare varieties of apples, peaches, plums, and Asian pears. They also grow vegetables and produce fruit butters, sauces, and ciders. Make sure to greet them and their son, Jay, who regularly helps out at the market.
In their own words:
“Our business is known for its abundance of apple varieties (now more than 60), our unique Asian pears, and our high standard of quality in all of our fruits and vegetables. We have always been interested in growing unusual varieties … and in using the newest ideas in training and trellising. We are concerned about the environment and work hard to farm in a manner as sustainable and safe as possible. We focus on varieties that are not traditionally grown. Our apples are either antique or heritage varieties, or newer disease-resistant varieties. Our Asian pears are unique in the fact that very few are grown at all on the East coast of the USA. Plus, they are tended with the utmost care, so we can pick and sell Asian pears that are at their peak of flavor and crunch. Our plum and peach varieties are also unique … again, either new or heritage varieties. We enjoy very much our interaction with customers at the markets where we sell our fruit, vegetables, and other products. We feel that we have made a lot of friends at these markets! It gives us a lot of satisfaction to know that customers enjoy our products, and we enjoy the specific challenges associated with marketing at farmers’ markets.”
To see precisely these sentiments featured in Newsweek magazine’s “My Turn” column, read Lisa’s essay, “A Farmer’s Labor of Love”.