The 100 Years of Sun retail tree nursery is open for business!
Everyone should have the opportunity to grow fruit trees. We're here with a selection of affordable, quality trees that are great for yards and small farms in the Champlain Valley and beyond. We're located at Bread & Butter Farm, in Shelburne, Vermont, and we're open any time the Farm Store is open: Monday-Saturday, 8-6.
This year, we're featuring:
Apples: Golden Delicious, Red Rome, and Whitney Crab
Peaches: Reliance, the choice for the north
Cherries: Montmorency and North Star
Asian pear: Hosui
Apple, Red Rome - $60
Apple, Golden Delicious - $60
Apple, Whitney Crab - $50
Cherry, Montmorency - $60
Cherry, North Star, Pie - $40
Chestnut, Hybrid and Chinese - Named Variety - $40
Chestnut, Large Chinese, Orchard Qing x Auburn Super - $90
Chestnut, Unnamed Variety - $25
Peach, Reliance, Dwarf and Standard - $60
Pear, Bartlett, Dwarf and Standard - $50
Pear, Hosui Asian Pear -$60
Pear, Asian Grafted - $40
Aroniaberry, Mckenzie, large - $30
Aroniaberry, Viking, small - $10
Black Walnut, Local seedling - $20
Serviceberry, Saskatoon - $20
Honey Locust, Thornless - $30
Red Bud, Mid-size - $30
Delivery and Planting Service:
Between Bread & Butter Farm and Burlington, on Spear, Dorset, 7, or 116:
Delivery and Planting: $50, plus $15 for each additional tree
Farther than that:
Delivery: $2 per mile, round trip from Bread & Butter Farm, $30 minimum. Example: Milton = $80
Delivery and Planting: add $15 per tree to total.
Red Rome Beauty - Great for fresh eating and tart enough for pies and baking. Integral part of Eric George’s Apple Pie. Precocious (yields a lot of fruit). Bud 118 semi-dwarf rootstock (10-16 ft). Self-pollinating.
Golden Delicious - This is my favorite apple. Every fall, I pick apples from the semi-wild trees around Burlington and Shelburne. Uncared-for trees are organic (because no one sprays them), and the flavors have so much more depth! Bud 118 semi-dwarf rootstock (10-16 ft). Ripens in October. Self-pollinating.
Whitney Crab - When we hear “crabapple,” we think of small, tart fruit and witches. For some, those are bad things, while for others, those are good things. I make crabapple syrup with honey, and it’s absolutely phenomenal on ice cream. Jams, jellies, chutneys, stuffing. Creativity. Whitney crabs are about the size of a golf ball, and they’re sweet. Bud 118 semi-dwarf rootstock (10-16 ft). Ripens early September. Self-pollinating.
Reliance Peach - The cold-hardy peach. Late frosts will gnar the flowers (like they do at Shelburne Orchards), but in years without late frosts, expect large quantities of fruit. Dwarf trees are great for small yards, or in close proximity to paths and doorways. Standard-sized trees are better if you want to take up more space and feature the tree as a part of your landscape. Ripens early August.
Hosui Asian Pear - There’s one growing out of an old stone wall on Dorset Street that I harvested from last summer. Crisp like an apple, sweet like a pear. When they’re super ripe, the taste has notes of vanilla. Worth your time. Standard size (larger tree, but not giant). Ripens late August. Calleryana rootstock: prefers lighter soils.
Bartlett Pear - The classic melt-in-your-mouth yellow pear, with red tints. Ripens early September. Dwarf (OHF 333 rootstock) and Standard-size (OHF 97 rootstock) varieties available.
Montmorency - We’re too far north for sweet cherries, but Montmorency on Mazzard rootstock is the tree to plant for sour cherries in Vermont. Picture a 5-gallon bucket of fruit. Mazzard rootstock: great for heavy soil such as Champlain Valley Clay.
North Star - Sour cherry that also bear large quantities of awesome fruit. Developed in Minnesota. Great for eating fresh, and in pies. Mahaleb rootstock: great for light soils.
Aroniaberry - Dark purple berry with a punch. Astringent, but sweet and sour after a few frosts. Used in wines and juices. Cold-climate fruit with the highest concentration of antioxidants. I make a syrup out of it. Pick in mid October.
Serviceberry - Fruits in June before everything else ripens. Beautiful white flowers. Great in jams, too.
Mossbarger - Cold-hardy Chinese cultivar - hardy to Zone 4b $40
Luvall’s Monster - American/Chinese hybrid - Cold-hardy, extra-large nuts $40
Badger-Qing - American/Chinese hybrid - Extremely cold-hardy. $40
Gideon - Chinese cultivar - Hardy to Zone 5b (along the Lake, not into the Mountains). $40
Qing x Auburn Super - Hardy to Zone 5a. Controlled chinese cross from Iowa. Industry standard for production orchards. Large tree. $90
We don't use synthetic chemicals and pesticides. We grow our trees in real, healthy soil.
Fruit trees from Home Depot and large garden centers have lived their whole lives bathed in insecticides and synthetic fertilizers. Just like humans, trees have immune systems. Home Depot trees have extremely weak immune systems, and when you plant them in your yard, exposing them to nature, lord help your tree. Tree nutrition starts with the soil, and our trees are potted in soil that is a fungal powerhouse. Trees love fungi.
We only source fruits that we like to eat.
I, Harry, have eaten every variety of fruit that we offer. They're all good. Some require more culinary preparation than others, but I either have planted or would plant all of these trees on land that I own.
Our prices are really good.
Not to sound like a car salesman, but you won't find better prices on comparable potted trees.
You can ask us questions!
We're friendly and welcoming! Bread & Butter Farm is a great place to hang out, as well. Stop by on Friday evenings in the summer for Burger Night, or pick up some local food in the farm store.