Orchard Experts – Believe it or not, you don't even have to drive to an orchard to get fresh apples anymore! You can just buy one of our premium Apple Boxes, packed with our homegrown, juicy Smokehouse apples – an antique variety that is ideal for all cooking, baking, salads, and (especially!) applesauce purposes. Kauffman Orchards is a family-owned small business in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, established back in 1915 with a vision to provide the local community with fresh, nutritious fruit that enhances quality of life for the American consumer. Today, the orchard still follows that goal. Managed by the 4th and 5th generations of Kauffmans, Kauffman Orchards grows Nutrient-Dense fruit that has enhanced vitamins, minerals, and flavor. Smokehouse is an heirloom variety that naturally originated around 1830 (no chance of GMO’s, right?) behind the smokehouse on William Gibbon's farm along what is today Gibbons Road, just outside the village of Bird-in-Hand in central Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The green skin color and tart flavor invite comparison with Granny Smith, but Smokehouse ripens eight weeks earlier! This Apple Box contains premium, Nutrient-Dense, non-GMO, non-waxed Smokehouse apples, and each apple has soft, high-density foam surrounding it to ensure protection during shipping. The 8-ct. box holds approximately 2.5-3 lb. of fresh apples; the 16-ct. box, approximately 5-6 lb.; and the 48-ct. box, approximately 15-18 lb. The 48ct-box is about 3/5 bushel. Shipping Information – We pack your Apple Box with fresh apples that are highest quality, and we use shipping methods that provide a quick 2-3 day delivery to most of the lower 48 United States. However, we have no control over distance to your address, nor over handling and temperature during transit. Since apples sometimes ripen quickly in hot temperatures during transit, we suggest that you consider choosing 2-Day or Next-Day delivery during checkout. Refrigerate your apples upon arrival.