Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Hands On Earth Orchard

This was some really good cider. Off-season cider is often juiced with a bit of sugar and other adulterants...but this was just silty and strong apple juice all the way to the bottom. Thank you Hands On earth Orchard. More here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beechwood Orchards

At Rittenhouse Square market people stand in line for apples. Based in Biglerville, PA and has been in continual operation for over 100 years. Besides the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, and nectarines they also grow over 45 varieties of apples


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hans Herr House

 I visited the Hans Herr House at Snitzfest and They had laid out a cornucopia of apples to taste. I tried easily a dozen apples I'd never even seen previously. I'll just list them all off now:

Baldwin
Belleflower
Chenango Strawberry
Cox Orange Pippin
Doctor of Germantown
Dutchess of Oldenburg
Gravenstein
Grimes Golden
Hyslop Crabapple
Lady
Laxton's Superb
Maiden's Blush
McIntosh
Northern Spy
Pound
Red Astrachan
Roxbury Russett
Sheepnose (Black Gilliflower)
Smokehouse
Spitzenburg
Stayman Winesap
Summer Rambo
Tollman Sweet
Washington Strawberry
Watermelon (unknown variety even to them)
Winter Banana
York Imperial

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dries Orchard

I visited Dries Orchard a few weeks back. [LINK] While their selection of apples was excellent, their own brand of cider was pretty bad. It was watery, bland and neither sweet nor tart, nor acidic. It was kind of like slightly brown water. On the upside they had a nice crisp pint of Ginger Golds and Ida Reds waiting for me


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Farm Stand Stop

The farm stand had no apparent name.
But they had a nice stock of Granny Smiths and Macintosh.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Apple Cider Slushy

Knoebels Amusement park has a stand shaped like an apple that sells candy apples, caramel apples and apple cider slushys. It was my first apple cider slushy but it will not be the last.