November 09, 2017
As I sit down to write this newsletter this evening, I am wondering how different it would be if I waited to write it until tomorrow. Usually we are slowing down by this time of year. Last weekend, we turned the clocks back one hour so we are now closing the market at 5pm, but as for slowing down??? We are still going full throttle! The weather tomorrow is going to TRY and make us slow down, but we are not ready yet.
We are still enjoying Mesclun and Arugula (more being delivered this Friday) from Sky Farms, and spinach and lettuces from Fly Away Farm. Hearty Roots Farm is living up to their name by supplying ‘hearty’ carrots and beets. We are getting great winter squash and sweet potatoes from Mead Orchards. Doug is off to Pennsylvania for more of that amazing cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts (more on that later). Joe pressed apple cider on Monday and Natalie and Hannah bottled it all yesterday. Susan made donuts this morning and is now making strawberry jam. And… we are STILL picking apples – Marissa and Paige will be harvesting the last of the Braeburn today.
Tomorrow’s weather prediction looks cold, actually frigid, but that will not stop us!!
Again… If I were writing this tomorrow – this could be an entirely different newsletter.
We THINK that will be open through the first weekend of December:
Tuesday – Sunday
9am – 5pm
This depends on how many apples you all eat AND the weather conditions...
So now I need to entice you to brave the cold and come and see us….
Well, there will be CIDER DONUTS….
(hopefully - Friday could prove to be interesting – Doug will be making the donuts??)
FRESH PRESSED APPLE CIDER
We will also try and have some nice hot mulled cider to keep you, and us, warm.
We still have 22 Apple Varieties available
What an apple harvest! Last year we only had about 30% of a crop, I think this year it’s 120%
Baldwin, Black Twig, Belle de Boskoop, Rhode Island Greening
This cold weather would be a great excuse to give a try at making delicious warm Apple Strudel
Best apple for that…. Belle de Boskoop
Idared, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Empire, Mcintosh, Swiss Gourmet, Jonagold
Because these apples are not as fantastic as when they were first picked, we have lowered their price. If you would like to make applesauce, we suggest the Cortland. For a nice pie, the Jonagold or Swiss Gourmet are great! (make sure to add at least one McIntosh to give it extra good flavor).
Idared are also delicious in sauce or as a baked apple.
Braeburn, Crimson Crisp, Crimson Gold, Cameo, Fuji, Braeburn Pink Lady, Granny Smith
Suncrisp, Elstar and Evercrisp
All of these apples are good keepers, crisp and great for eating.
We would like to showcase two varieties this weekend:
There are so many new modern varieties we feel as though this great apple is getting lost in the crowd… We were really excited when we planted it because it is REALLY popular in Europe, especially in the Netherlands where is was developed. It is a great all purpose apple with cream-colored flesh that is crisp and often compared to a Jonagold, but tarter!
So, to let this apple stand out a little bit from the crowd of Modern Apples, we will be selling it for the rest of this season at…
(Why 72? It was introduced in 1972). We hope that you give this apple a try and then report back to us. EVERCRISPThis brand new apple was developed by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association. It even has it’s own website! Membership to this association is available to all U.S. growers, but you must sign a licensing agreement to sell any of their apple varieties. Only 350 orchards are growing this FANTASTIC apple right now. We are NOT one of them YET…. However, we were lucky enough to get these from Fix Brothers Farm in Hudson. We plan to plant some of our own as soon as we can. This sweet, dense intense apple is a cross of Honeycrisp and Fuji. It is superb and true to its name…. EVERcrisp.
So, that is it for this weekend…. We will be bundled up tomorrow, but IF it does get too cold and the fruit and vegetables start to freeze, we may close the market…. We will post on Facebook and Instagram, but also feel free to call us at the market before you come down - 845-876-5476.
The extended weather forecast (starting Monday), looks very promising and we plan to keep going “Full Throttle” until there is not an apple left. I will try and get another newsletter out next week to keep you updated with what apples are left, Thanksgiving plans and Christmas plans….
Til then, we hope that you will all be safe and warm for the next couple of days with hot apple pie, or strudel!!
Doug and Talea
TUES - SUNDAY
9AM - 5PM
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