1740 Sportsman Club Road, Newark, Ohio 43055 ◊ (740) 587-3632
We will open this fall on Friday, October 7, 2016 for a few weeks for u-pick. This year we have a good crop of GoldRush and a fair crop of nice looking Enterprise, our two winter apple varieties. The sparseness of some of the crop is due to a lack of pollinating native bees. However, the apples are filling out well with the recent rains. GoldRush will be fully ripe around October 25th but some folks like to get them early.
Remember, both varieties are excellent storage apples that can be used for all purposes. They make great apple sauces and excellent sweet ciders. They can be blended to make a top quality hard (fermented) cider. Stay tuned for cider availability.
We have an abundance of apple grilling wood. Last year one person took home the back of his pickup truck filled for $50. It is FREE to apple customers who help themselves to reasonable quantities.
We have sold all the apples and sweet cider for this season. We have had a busy few months and many repeat customers. Having learned a lot we expect to improve the crop next year with more intense pruning and blossom thinning. We plan to open earlier this coming fall to allow more pick-your-own activity once the apples are sufficiently mature to ripen even when picked early. While GoldRush is everyone's favorite, Enterprise has found its niche when eaten early and for apple sauce and salads. Thanks for a great season. We look forward to seeing you in early October 2016.
The orchard is open for u-picking GoldRush and Enterprise apples until November 8th. We expect to have all picked and sorted and available for selection from the cooler in our sales room by the 10th. We are planning to have sweet cider available by October 28th. You might call 740-587-3632 to confirm the availability at that time.
When you visit, consider buying a set-up for making hard cider. A set-up would consist of a five gallon glass carboy (we don't use plastic) with five gallons of truly excellent freshly pressed apple juice (sweet cider) mixed for a full spectrum of flavors and rich in natural sugar. This mixture will start to ferment in a few days after taken out of refrigeration. You can purchase the whole set-up for $75 which includes the cider and reimbursing me for my out-of-pocket expenses. Email me if you wish to place an order.