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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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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