Red Barn Orchard
We've got your favorite!
The orchard is now closed for the season. We had another great year and would like to thank everyone who came out and got apples and cider. Every year has been alittle better than the one before. This year we had to contend with alot of rain. We only had 1 or 2 completely dry weekends the entire season. Thats ok, we just made it work. Next year we will be introducing 3 new varieties for you to try. Goodland, Prairie Magic and Frostbite. All 3 are great in their own right, but you'll have to try them and see what you think. But now its time to put the orchard and the bees to bed for the winter so thank you all again and we will see you next fall!
This Saturday will our last day of the season. Its hard to believe but the orchard has been open for just over 2 months already. We will be picking Haralson/Haralred and Snow Sweet. We will have cider and we also will have a good supply of seconds. If you are looking for apples to make apple sauce or pies, then these are just for you. There is nothing wrong with them, they just are'nt as pretty as the rest and maybe a bit smaller. Our hours this weekend will be Saturday from 10-3 and Sunday from noon-3. Come on out one last time and help us put the orchard to bed for the season. See you on Saturday!!
The leaves are turning and the weather looks like it is going to cooperate this weekend and we will be ready! After being rained out last Sunday, we are ready for some nice fall weather. This weekend we will be picking Haralson/Haralred and Snow Sweet. Both are hard, crisp and juicy apples and each have there own flavor. We will also have cider and with any luck I might have a bonfire going as well. You only have 2 weekends left, so if you still have'nt tried your new favorite apple, this would be the weekend to do it! See you on Saturday!!
Fall is here and we are coming down the home stretch. We have 2 weekends for sure and maybe 3 and the season will be over. Its hard to believe that the orchard has already been open for 6 weeks, but it has! The season goes by really fast. Every year, I'm amazed at how fast things go. Seems like a couple of weeks ago we were planting and now here it is fall already.
This weekend, we will be picking the last of the McIntosh and Sweet Sixteen and we will start picking Haralson/Haralred and Snow Sweet. If you like a good sweet and tart apple, then the Haralson is for you. It has been one of Minnesotas most popular apples for a long time. The Haralred is almost the same as the Haralson except that its alittle bit more red in color. The taste of the 2 is identical. Snow Sweet is a firm, crisp apple that is very slow to oxidize. In other words, it doesnt turn brown right away like most other apples. It also has, I think, a buttery flavor. Very good! I will also be making cider for the weekend, so come on out and try some. You still have time to get your favorite apple, but dont wait too long....
With fall approaching, the orchard has become quite busy! The weather this weekend sounds like we could get alittle more rain. but unless its pouring out, we will be open. This weekend we will be picking the last of the Honey Crisp, Sweet Sixteen, which are at there prime right now and McIntosh. The storms that we had on Tuesday night made a mess of things in the orchard, but we should have most of it cleaned up by Saturday. In the end, we lost around 20 trees and I'll bet we picked up 30-40 bushels that were on the ground! Thats Mother Nature for you. Not much you can do, except to move on. One thing about having an orchard is that you are always in a planting mode. Trees die or storms take them out and you replant. Thats just the way it is. At any rate, stop out this weekend if its not raining too bad, pick up a bag of apples and with alittle luck, I'll make some cider also. See you then!
For those of you who have been waiting, the time has arrived. We will be picking Honey Crisp this weekend. We will also be picking Sweet sixteen and the McIntosh are just about ready as well. It looks like the weather could be a factor, but I think we will be alright. The crop of Honey Crisp is about half of what it was last year. If you talk to anyone who grows this apple commercially, they will say the same thing. They can be a difficult apple to grow . This is also the reason why we planted as many varieties as we did in the first place. You will always have good and not as good years. There are literally hundreds of different apples that we can grow here and each one of them is very good. If you have never had a Sweet Sixteen, then try one this weekend and I think you will be surprised. Also, our supply of honey is not going to last much longer. If you want or like good local honey, then dont wait. See you this weekend!
This weekend looks to be a beautiful one and the weather also looks to be great! We will be picking Zestar, Chestnut Crab and maybe some Sweet Sixteen. All 3 of these are excellent apples in there own right and you need to try them to pick your new favorite. For those of you who are wanting Honey Crisp, they are about a week away. And just so you know ahead of time, the crop of Honey Crisp is about half of what it was last year. Other than that, the cider is great and the honey supply is holding out so far although it won't last forever so if you want and like good local honey, then dont wait too long. See you this weekend!
Fall is just around the corner and this weekend looks to be great! We will be picking the last of the State Fair this weekend. We will also be picking Zestar, Chestnut Crab and Hazen. If you like to make jelly, then Chestnut Crab is the perfect apple for that. I call them a mini Honey Crisp. They are crunchy and sweet. Perfect for just about anything. Hazen is a deep red apple thats perfect for baking or just plain eating and Zestar is one of the best all around apples. This year we have a great crop of them and they are huge! We also finished extracting honey this week so if you want some really good local honey, then dont wait too long. See you this weekend!
This weekend we will be picking State Fair, Zestar and Chestnut Crab apples. We will also have fresh apple cider. Its not cold enough yet for a bonfire, but its always time for a cup of cider! The crop of Zestar this year is one of the best we have ever had. Zestar is a crisp and juicy apple thats good for pies or just plain eating. Its not as hard as a Honey Crisp, but I'd say that the taste is right up there. The crop of both State Fair and Zestar is big enough this year that if you like, you can pick your own. See you on Saturday!