If you’ve ever visited our orchards in October, you’d recognize these rich aromatics. We don’t use any flavorings of any sort; the secret is the varieties we grow, the terroir, and our six generations of orcharding expertise on this family farm. It’s all a matter of selecting, planting, grafting, growing, and harvesting the apples to produce the best flavor in this terroir. And of course the 80 plus heirloom varieties we grow.
After 140 years of curating this unique collection of heirloom apples on this same land, we still have endless debates around kitchen tables about how one variety is better than another, better this year vs last year, better earlier, mid, or late season, and so on. As farmers we may only replant an orchard once or twice our lifetime, but picking the right apple is extremely important.