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Fresh from Giant Eagle® | Dawson’s Orchards

Fresh, local produce delivered from Dawson’s Orchards to local Giant Eagle stores:

  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
About the Farm

Located in Enon Valley, PA, Dawson’s Orchards started in 1946 when George and Janet Dawson purchased 45 acres of land from George’s parents. Through the 1960s, they raised fruit and chickens. In time, the “chicken house” became the packing house, which is where all the fruit is packed today. George and Janet’s youngest daughter, Carolyn eventually purchased the farm from her parents. After her first husband, Kevin, passed away Carolyn met and married Scott McQuiston. Scott fell in love with farm life and left his position at a steel company to work alongside his wife on the farm. Today, Carolyn, Scott, their kids and grandkids keep the farm producing some of the best fruit around.

Farm Fresh Tip

“A personal touch helps produce a higher quality crop. Each of our 10,000 trees is individually worked on 5 times a year by a human hand.” – Scott McQuiston

How to Pick

“Peaches should be somewhat soft to the touch. This means they’ve been left on the tree to ripen. We leave our fruit on the trees until the last minute. We pick to meet each order and deliver promptly. The result is a juicier, more flavorful fruit.” – Scott McQuiston


Dawson’s Apple Dumplings

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

2 cups sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
2 cups water
½ tsp. cinnamon, plus additional for sprinkling
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ cup butter
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour, sifted
¾ cup shortening
½ cup milk
6 small granny smith or Melrose apples, pared and cored

To make sauce, combine sugar, water, cinnamon and nutmeg in sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes; add butter. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375°F. To make dough, add salt and baking powder to flour in a medium bowl; cut in shortening. Add milk all at once and stir until flour is moistened. Roll to ¼” thick. Cut into 6 (5-inch) squares. Place one cut-up apple onto each square. Sprinkle generously with sugar and cinnamon. Dot with butter. Fold up corners and pinch together. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking dish. Pour sauce over dumplings and bake for 35 minutes, until golden brown.