Local Apples: One of our Favorite home.grown. Crops
We’re proud to partner with a wide variety of apple orchards and cider mills here in our region: When it’s made of grown here, we get it here. Apples are one of the top crops in our region, and we get excited each year when apple season hits. There are a ton of orchards and farms in the Northeastern US, and we are lucky to work with some of the region’s best.
Patch Orchards, Lebanon NH
We begin in Lebanon, NH, home to Patch Orchards, a local partner of ours for over 20 years! The Patch family has been farming their land for 8 generations. The orchard offers a large variety of apples including Mcintosh, Cortland, Empire, and more.
Dressel Farms, New Paltz NY
Dressel Farms is a family-owned and operated business located in New York’s Hudson Valley. Fred Dressel originally bought the farm in 1957 and ran it for more than 15 years before passing duties down the family lineage. The farms’ main business is apples, growing more than 300 acres of apples trees and carrying over 20 varieties of apples. Dressel Farms proudly utilizes an IPM program that meets their needs as farmers while ensuring a healthy environment for the products and the community.
Hudson River Fruit, Milton NY
Now a fourth-generation family owned and operated company, Hudson River Fruit Distributors in Milton, NY is one of the largest apple growers and shippers on the east coast. Over the past 50 years, they have built their reputation in the industry as a dependable, quality shipper of the freshest regional apples.
Beak and Skiff, Lafayette NY
Beak & Skiff began in 1911 when onion farmer George Skiff and dairy farmer Andrew Beak met at the farmer’s market. They decided to join forces, and the results are a successful business over 100 years later. Now in their fifth generation, Beak & Skiff has continued to make advancements and improvements in and around their orchard. With a tasting room, gift shop, corn hole games and more, you could almost spend an entire day at their farm: check it out here!
Truncali Farms, Marlboro NY
Located in Marlboro, NY, Truncali Farms is a small family fruit farm established 95 years ago. The 100-acre farm is now in its third generation and is a leader in food safety and sustainability measures. Truncali Farms ensures safety in their food and products, so you know you’re only getting quality!
Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall VT
Sunrise Orchards began in 1974 when Barney and Dee Hodges and David and Eunice Van Vleck first started planting the farm. Today, Sunrise is a 200-acre, family owned and operated apple farm devoted to growing excellent apples for the Northeast region. We’ve been partnering with the Sunrise folks for over a decade!
In the Northeast, apple season is one of our favorite times of year. We love partnering with local apple farms here to bring you the freshest, highest quality fruits around. Without the hard work of these farms we wouldn’t be able to enjoy these products each year.
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An Apple A Day Keeps The Athlete Okay!
Written by our home.grown. friends at the New York Apple Association
You know apples are healthy and nutritious. You may not know that they can also help athletes go further by improving endurance.
A study at the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan took 18 healthy volunteers who either received Applephenon [a polyphenol extract from unripe apples], or a placebo of vitamin C. All the subjects were then took part in two fatigue-inducing workload trials on a bicycle ergometer for two hours. 30 minutes after the start of the tests – and 30 minutes before the conclusion – the participants also performed non-workload trials at maximum velocity for 10 seconds.
The tests found that maximum velocity was higher in the group that received Applephenon prior to the test than for those who received the placebo. This led to the conclusion that Applephenon replicates antioxidant activity, reducing physical fatigue.
And that’s just the beginning of the advantages. Watch NYAA Consulting Dietitian Linda Quinn and learn more about the Nutritional Benefits of Apples for Athletes in just 90 seconds!
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior NutritionistApples are amazing – sweet, tart, crunchy and crave-worthy! This is apple season, and we have the benefit of enjoying local apples and apple cider, especially the super crunchy, super juicy Snapdragon® born and raised in New York! Sweet and spicy, with hints of vanilla, it is a variety that has the bonus of being the product of a cross with the super popular Honey Crisp – YUM! Fun fact – New York ranks second in the U.S. for apple production, with more than 1 billion pounds grown each year! Apples are an important part of New York agriculture: Learn more at applesfromny.com. Apples bring a lot of health benefits to your family – high in soluble and insoluble fiber, they support weight loss, heart and digestive health. Science is uncovering more about their antioxidant powers, too – quercetin, catechin and chlorogenic acid add to the health properties of apples. Check out all of the great varieties we have at your local store, and don’t forget to try the Washington State star, the Piñata from Stemilt! This is a cross of 3 heirloom varieties that resulted in a classic crunchy, juicy apple, with a surprisingly tropical flavor twist! Great in salads, sandwiches, baking and snacking – learn more and find delicious recipes at https://www.stemilt.com/fruits/apples/pinata-apples/. #eatmoreapples! Visit a Local Orchard or Cider Mill This Season! Written by Jon Waiksnoris, Marketing Intern It’s fall in the Northeast, and apple flavors are back in popular taste! Now that the weather has finally cooled down, enjoying a beautiful day at the orchard picking apples and tasting cider is the perfect way to celebrate the season. At Price Chopper & Market 32 we love this time of year, because we team up with a variety of local farms who supply our stores with home.grown. apples and cider every fall. Rulfs Orchard in Peru, NY has been a local partner of ours for over 20 years! Originally a dairy farmer, Robert Rulfs added a cider mill to his farm in 1983 and never looked back. Today, the orchard offers many different types of produce, apples, and berries. Featuring pick-your-own Macintosh apples, a corn maze and fresh baked goods, Rulfs Orchard is definitely worth a visit this fall! Established in 1911, Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard is the result of onion farmer George Skiff and dairy farmer Andrew Beak, joining forces to enter the apple business. Located in Lafayette, NY, Beak & Skiff offers a variety of apples for picking. They also produce delicious cider in their mill using fresh apples exclusively grown on their orchard! Cold Hollow Cider Mill is a Vermont cider mill we’ve partnered with for more than 20 years! In 1974, Eric and Francine Chittenden began making apple cider for friends, soon after, they realized they should open up a business. They wanted to make cider to distribute to supermarkets, and become a Vermont tourist attraction in the meantime. Today, through their own old-fashioned style, Cold Hollow Cider Mill is both one of New England’s top producers and one of Vermont’s biggest tourist attractions. Located in Altamont, NY, Altamont Orchards has been a family operated farm in the Capital Region for over 49 years! Dating all the way back to 1792, the farm has been leased and sold numerous times. However, in 1967 the Abbruzzese family became the first family to work and live on the farm. They still own the farm today, promising to raise and produce only the finest products for their community and customers. Be sure to check out their farm market featuring, apples, apple cider donuts, pies, breads, pastries, and more! Check out the info below to find out more about our local apple partners and what they have to offer!
Rulfs Orchard: 531 Bear Swamp Rd, Peru, NY / http://www.rulfsorchard.com/ Walhowdon Farm & Orchards: 33 Walhowdon Way, Lebanon, NH Hudson River Fruit: 65 Old Indian Rd, Milton, NY / https://www.hudsonriverfruit.com/ Sunrise Orchards: 1287 N Bingham St, Cornwall, VT / https://sunriseorchards.com/ Crunch Time Apple Growers: Wolcott, NY / http://www.crunchtimeapplegrowers.com/ Jaeschke’s Orchard: 23 Gould Rd, Adams. MA / http://jaeschkesorchard.com/ Brace’s Orchard: 444 Brace Rd, Dallas, PA Beak & Skiff: 2708 Lords Hill Rd, Lafayette, NY / http://beakandskiff.com/ Breezelands Orchards: 1791 Southbridge Rd, Warren, MA / http://www.breezelandsorchards.com/ Mayer Brothers Cider Mill: 1540 Seneca Creek Rd, Buffalo, NY / http://mayerbrothers.com/cider-mill-store/ Fowler Farms: 10273 Lummisville Rd, Wolcott, NY / http://www.fowlerfarms.com/ Rogers Orchard: 336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT / http://www.rogersorchards.com/default.aspx Cold Hollow Cider Mill: 3600 Waterbury Stowe Rd, Waterbury Center, VT / http://www.coldhollow.com Altamont Orchards: 6654 Dunnsville Rd, Altamont, NY / http://altamontorchards.com/(more…) Written by Molly Zingler, New York Apple Association With so many great-tasting apple varieties available this time of year, it is possible to snack on a different flavor every day for weeks – if not months! New York growers produce more apple varieties than any other state, so when you’ve had your fill of fresh fruit then start baking with them. You turned off your oven for the summer, so now that fall is here let’s ease back into baking gently. First, here are our tips to lay the foundation – crust, if you will – for the best baking experience:
- Make the right choice: All apple varieties are not created equally. Choose varieties that are recommended for baking. Which means never choosing Red Delicious.
- Make the hard choice: Select apples that are firm to the touch and aren’t bruised. Handle them gently to prevent blemishes.
- Just say no to the fruit bowl: Refrigerated apples last much longer than room-temperature ones.
- Pucker up to prevent browning: To keep apple slices and dices from browning before baking, bathe them in a mixture of half lemon juice, half water – or 100 percent apple juice fortified with vitamin C. (Lemon juice = citric acid = vitamin C.)
- Get mixed up: When making a pie, crisp, slump, betty, crumble, or any other baked goodie that calls for sliced or diced apples, use a blend of sweet and tart apple varieties for balanced flavor.
- Dress for success: Most of the apple’s health benefits are in the peel, so leave it on.
- 1 refrigerated/ready−made piecrust
- cooking spray
- 6 or 7 baking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup all−purpose flour
- dash of vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
- Rulfs Orchard Roadside Stand: Bear Swamp Rd, Peru NY / Rulfsorchard.com
- Cold Hollow Cider Mill: 3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd. Waterbury, Center VT / coldhollow.com
- Walhowden Farm Stand: 35 Walhowden Way, Lebanon NH
- Brace’s Orchard Road Stand: 444 Brace Rd, Dallas PA
- Hicks Orchard: 18 Hicks Rd, Granville NY / hicksorchard.com
- Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards Store: 2708 Lords Hill Rd, LaFayette NY / beakandskiff.com
- Buell’s Orchard Stand: 108 Crystal Pond Rd, Eastford CT / buellsorchard.com
- Sunrise Orchards: 1287 North Bingham St, Cornwall VT / sunriseorchards.com