Apple Holler has great early ripening all-purpose apples: Paula Red, Zestar!TM & Red Free

Apple Holler has great early ripening all-purpose apples:  Paula Red, Zestar!TM & Red Free

In 1960 Lewis Arends, a Michigan farmer, discovered the first Paula Red tree near his orchard of McIntosh trees.  He named the variety after his wife Paula.  They officially hit the market in 1968.

paula red apples treePaula Red apples ripen in late summer and early fall.  These apples are red with yellow spots.  They taste sweeter than McIntosh but are still tart and juicy.  Paula red apples are good for eating and cooking….. read more

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

Premier Honeycrisp applesHoneycrisp 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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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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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

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.

Peaches hanging on a 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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