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How We Grow Healthy Apples

How We Grow Healthy 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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National Proposal Day

National Proposal Day

National Proposal Day pumpkinsThough 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.

It should be noted that March 20th is also Equinox Day and John chose this day because day and night are of equal length worldwide, symbolizing the equal efforts of the two required to comprise a successful marriage.

It has been said many times over that spring is a time when our fancy turns toward love, and you may just find out for yourself how true this is, if your special someone chooses this day to propose.

apple engagement ringIf you were proposed to on this day or were recently engaged last month on Valentine’s Day, we found some really interesting facts on engagements that we think you will enjoy.

  • Most brides aren’t surprised! According to a survey conducted by David’s Bridal, 57 percent said they knew it was coming, while 43 percent were left surprised by their proposal.
  • Did you know that in 1886, it was Tiffany & Co. that introduced the universal prong setting? Prior to 1886, diamond rings were set in bezels.  The “Tiffany setting” as it is now known, had the diamond sit higher, so to better reflect the light.
  • About 14% of women would change something about their shiny new ring if given the chance.
  • If you recently got engaged, chances are good that you will wait at least 6 months before you marry. However about 40% of you will wait between 13 & 18 months to walk down the aisle.
  • “Who will you call first?” Most brides to be will call their best friend first to share the news.
  • Though a public proposal can be risky….(especially if she says NO!) Boston seems to be the place to do it. According to Brides, 62 proposals took place on the Jumbotron at Fenway Park in 2011.
  • That being said, only about 10% of women say that they would like to get engaged at a sports arena. Some better choices (unless she is a diehard sports fan and loves the spotlight) might be the site of your first date, on vacation, at a romantic restaurant, or simply at home.
  • Lastly, though it may seem quaint, old fashioned and so out of date, 83% of women surveyed shared that they would like their dad to be asked beforehand (25% want mom included as well).

 

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Horse-Drawn Sleighrides

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

pumpkin-6In 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 & Johnathan 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 & Johnathan 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

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.

The Legend of Johnny AppleseedIf 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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Apple Holler’s Guide for Peaches

Apple Holler’s Guide for Peaches

Did you know that apples are not the only fruit you can pick at Apple Holler? If you love peaches, but thought you would have to travel to Georgia to pick peaches, you are in luck because we have our very own peach orchard that you can pick peaches from.

Peach treeOur Peach Growing History

Dave Flannery, owner of Apple Holler has been growing peaches since he first started planting them in the spring of 2011.  Dave knew he was taking a chance with planting a peach crop but he did his due diligence when it came to research and found out that there were a few hearty peach trees that grow better in the North, and would be able to withstand our winter weather.

The winter of 2013/2014 was a disappointing year for the peach crop at Apple Holler, due to the extremely bitter temperatures that we experienced.  There was not a single peach on any of the 500 peach trees; additionally, that season Dave lost about 50 peach trees from the temperatures that dipped as low as -20F.   That was the winter that many of us learned a new weather term “Polar Vortex”….. read more

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Romantic and Rustic Barn Weddings

Apple Holler's Unique Wedding VenueWhen we say the word BARN, what images begin to appear in your mind?  Weathered & Wooden? Red & Round? Spacious & Storied?  Now add these two images to the words Romantic and Rustic Barn Weddings!!!!

A rustic & romantic barn usually means one very important thing…the perfect spot for a wedding!!!!

Did you know that barns are fast becoming the new “go-to” venue for many couples seeking to have a unique as well as memorable wedding day? It is a given that this type of barn wedding won’t be your typical wedding, but that is what makes it all the unforgettable, isn’t it?…. read more

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Celebrate Strawberries at Apple Holler

Celebrate Strawberries at
Apple Holler

Apple Holler strawberries celebration

It’s a given that the first days of summer and the first fruit of summer go hand in hand! Especially when that fruit is strawberries!

June is the peak month for strawberries here in Wisconsin and it is during this month that we celebrate this delicious fruit.  Here at Apple Holler, we love this fruit so much that we dedicate the entire month of June to celebrating this luscious fruit during our month long Strawberry Celebration.

This blog post has something for everyone,  from planting to picking, to storing, or just simply eating them. However, be sure to read through to the end though, so you can learn more about our Strawberry Celebration currently going on at Apple Holler….. read more

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