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How We Grow Healthy Apples

bushel basket full of applesMany have asked – How Do We Grow Healthy Apples?

So how do we make sure we grow the healthiest apples possible? We grow our apples with an earth-friendly method called Integrated Pest Management ( IPM).

IPM is a method of pest management used to help farmers anticipate and prevent pest outbreaks so that crops growing can be more environmentally safe and economically sound. It is based on using a wide variety of pest management tactics to produce wholesome apples. …. read more

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What’s better than Honeycrisp apples?  Premier Honeycrisp apples!

What’s better than Honeycrisp apples?  Premier Honeycrisp apples!

Premier HoneycrispHoneycrisp apples are coming early this year!  Newly developed Premier Honeycrisp apples are specifically developed to ripen a full 21 days earlier than the standard Honeycrisp (which is ready Mid-September).  With the same great flavor, you can now enjoy Honeycrisp apples earlier than ever before….. read more

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Apple Holler’s Guide to Apple Picking

Apple Holler’s Farm Tours boy in apple orchard

Ever wonder how to pick the perfect apple?  Apple Holler’s Guide to Apple Picking will tell you all that you need to know.  For 30 years Apple Holler has cultivated the juiciest, tastiest apples around.  But there is more to the experience than just buying apples.  Each year we invite you and your family to come spend a day at the farm picking apples and enjoying family friendly activities.

With dwarf trees, it is easy for anyone to pick apples at Apple Holler. With many branches close to the ground even small children can join in on the fun….. read more

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What you need to know about Pristine & Sansa Apples!

Sansa ApplesWe are going to tell you what you need to know about Pristine & Sansa Apples!  Early season apples are known as good cooking apples but not for eating fresh.  Pristine & Sansa apples happen to be good for both!

Pristine apples ripen in early to mid-August.  They are a hybrid variety developed from Golden Delicious, Rome and McIntosh apples.  Developed in the 1970’s in Indiana, they were introduced to the market in 1994….. read more

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National Proposal Day

National Proposal Day pumpkins: Will you marry me?Though Valentine’s Day may seem to be the perfect day for a marriage proposal, turns out March is really better. Specifically March 20! Why the 20th of March? Because March 20, is celebrated as National Proposal Day.

This is indeed a recognized special day that was created by a man named John Michael O’Loughlin. Legend has it that he invented the holiday after his cousin’s boyfriend strung her along for years and years without sealing the deal.  John decided enough was enough and dedicated a day to marriage proposals….. read more

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Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too
Come on, its lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “You Hoo”
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

 sleigh ride in the woodsAre you singing the above song in your head right now? Are you imagining a sleigh rides with friends?

Horse-Drawn Sleighrides with a group of friends can quickly transport us back to an earlier time in history, can’t they? Depending upon how vivid your imagination is, you can almost imagine yourself in a Currier and Ives print, when most winter travel was done by horse and sleigh through the brisk winter air….. read more

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Mrs Claus and The Littlest Reindeer

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is in full swing, why not take a break from shopping and baking and create a new family tradition with your children or grandchildren with Mrs Claus and the Littlest Reindeer.

Beginning this weekend and continuing through the weekend of the 17th & 18th, Apple Holler is proud to present Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer.  This is an original live production that emphasizes the values of kindness, inner strength and the spirit of the holidays.

Mrs Claus and The Littlest ReindeerDuring this interactive performance, children (as well as adults) are reminded that the quality of one’s character is more important than their outward appearance.  In addition to the play, children will receive a homemade holiday cookie, as well as take part in a holiday activity.

But wait there’s more….there will be a special surprise appearance by Santa Claus,  after which everyone will head outdoors to see the holiday display and go for a ride on the Candy Cane Express.  Children will also have an opportunity to visit with a real live reindeer.  There will be opportunities to have a picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, so make sure you bring your camera or have your smartphone charged and ready to snap away….. read more

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The Great Pumpkin – Facts, Legends and Lore

three pumpkinsIn honor of National Pumpkin Day, which took place on Wednesday the 26th and because at this time of the year, we all crave pumpkin  in almost everything we eat (or drink), we wanted to share a bit of the Great Pumpkin – Facts, Legends and Lore and even health tips in regards to the pumpkin….. read more

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Cortland, Empire & Jonathan Apples

It’s hard to believe that we are more than half-way through apple picking season. Don’t fret though, there are still some wonderful apples coming into their peak season; we wanted to share a bit of information on Cortland, Empire & Jonathan Apples.

cortland appleCortland Apple

When it comes to being a popular apple, Cortland ranks right up there with the best of them; it is among the top 15 most popular apples in the United States.  Cortland apples are a cultivar of apple and were first produced at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York in 1898. Cortland apples were named for the nearby Cortland County, New York, and are one of the most commonly produced apples in the state of New York….. read more

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The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

If you have visited Apple Holler Farm Park recently, you will have seen and perhaps taken part in the Johnny Appleseed History Walk. In this blog post, we thought we would go a bit deeper into The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and give you a peek into who the real man was.

An apple a day keeps the doctor awayIf you ask someone to describe Johnny Appleseed and his legacy, chances are good that you will hear the following “ he was a man who wore tattered clothing, wore a tin pot on his head, skipped through fields, sprinkling apple seeds almost like they were fairy dust, leaving behind in his wake fields of apple trees.

Not quite…

Let’s begin with his real name, which was John Chapman. John was born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1774.  He grew up during the midst of the Revolutionary War; in fact his father served as a minuteman at the Battle of Bunker Hill and helped construct the defenses of New York again the British with George Washington.  His father would go on to survive the war (John’s mother had died when he was only 2 years old) and return home in 1780, where he began to teach his son the trade of farming….. read more

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Jersey Mac Apples and Viking Apples

Who’s ready for some apple picking?  As we write this blog post it is near 90 and very humid, but that doesn’t mean that apple picking time isn’t right around the corner for us at Apple Holler.  We are picking Jersey Mac Apples and Viking Apples.

With 78 acres, 30,000 dwarf apple trees, and more than 30 varieties to choose from, we are fortunate to get an early start on having folks come out to pick apples.  Each and every apple variety is different from the other and we wanted to take this season to highlight each and every apple that is ready to be harvested.

We thought we would take the opportunity in our weekly blogs to inform you of what apples are either ready or just about ready to be harvested.  Additionally, we will share how best to use that apple, whether it is a good cooking or baking apple, how best to store it, and then give you a recipe that will work great with that apple.  Finally, we will share a healthy tip on why apples are good for you.

So let’s get started with our first apples of the season, the Jersey Mac Apples and Viking Apples…. read more

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