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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National Thank A Farmer Day
At Price Chopper & Market 32, we’ve been supporting local farmers since our company founding in 1932. This includes partnering with all types of local farms, not just fruits and vegetables growers: greenhouses, dairy farms, maple farms, apiaries, tree farms and more. We feel that supporting Northeast farmers is the anchor of our home.grown. commitment to supporting all things local here in our region.
Today, on National Farmer’s Day, also known as National Thank A Farmer Day, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our local farm partners. Their passion and hard work every day allows us to provide you with the freshest ingredients and products each time you come to our store. Without these farming partners, our commitment to local would be impossible to achieve.
In honor of National Farmer’s Day we wanted to shout out a few of our many farming partners!
Turek Farms in Kings Ferry, NY is a family operated grower and shipper of fresh vegetables. Turek’s commitment to food safety is inspiring, going through detailed in-field inspections, hand-picking produce, and going to a third party to ensure food safety measures are met.
Casertano’s Greenhouse in Cheshire, CT has been a leader in the wholesale greenhouse business for over forty years. Supplying a variety of products from perennials, perennial starter plugs, annuals, and ground covers.
Mapleland Farms is a pure New York maple syrup producer in Salem, NY. In 2015 Mapleland Farms LLC purchased 350+ acres of land, and today they tap over 900 trees!
Champlain Valley Apiaries is a 3rd generation Middlebury, Vermont family owned business. Founded in 1931 by innovative beekeeper Charles Mraz, they have been producing delicious Vermont honey for over 85 years.
Located in Warren, MA, Breezeland Orchards has been owned and operated by the Tuttle family since 1896, five generations! Through their practice of low ecological impact farming they enjoy reduced pesticide use, ensuring their products are safer and higher quality.
The McNamara family has been farming the banks of the Connecticut River in Plainfield, NH at McNamara Dairy since 1950. Today, there are three generations that live and work on the farm together, providing excellent care for the animals, producing high-quality products and being stewards of the land.
Thank you to these and all of our local farmers who work every day to provide high-quality, local products. We appreciate you and Happy National Farmer’s Day!
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!
Local dairy farms are an important piece of our Northeast economy. In New York, dairy production makes up for nearly half of the total agriculture output, and there are over 900 dairy farms in the state of Vermont alone! Dairy farms are one of the lifelines of the Northeast, and we’re proud to team up with a variety of local dairies in communities throughout our Northeast footprint.
Our PICS milk is bottled in New York with the help of over 500 Northeast dairy farmers: When you take home a jug of our milk, you’re taking home the product of hard-working local farmers (and cows) from our region.
Argus Acres is an example of one of these local dairy farms. Located a few miles from our Cobleskill store in rural Sharon Springs NY, the farm was founded in 1948 and has proudly served the local community ever since. The Argus family shares their hometown with the Fabulous Beekman Boys and their Beekman 1802 Mercantile shop!
Taft’s Maple and Milk Farm is another Northeast dairy farm staple, located in Huntington VT, just a short drive from our Barre store. The Taft family farm is unique: it thrives off of Jersey cattle and maple sugaring. Maple sugaring is a staple all over Taft’s home state: Vermont alone produces about 6% of the world’s syrup supply!
Located in Hudson Falls, NY, Ideal Dairy Farms is another great local dairy farm. These folks are just a few miles down the road from our Fort Edward store. Ideal Dairy first began selling milk to local residents around 1908. These days they produce over 16,000 gallons of milk per day! Despite operating for over 100 years, the vision of Ideal Dairy has remained unchanged: they’re committed to the production of quality milk for their community.
There are lots of dairy farms in top-producing states like California and Wisconsin, but we choose to source our PICS milk from our neighbors, which traces back to our home.grown. philosophy that everything tastes better when it’s produced nearby. These local dairy farms are just a few of the many hard-working folks that help us bring the highest quality local products to your table.
When it’s made or grown here, we get it here: from milk to marinara sauce!