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Oct24

New Apple Variety Available

Posted on Oct 24 by

In addition to the mouth-watering selection of apples we have always provided, Engelsma’s Apple Barn is now offering Pink Lady apples. As the first to blossom and the last to be harvested, Pink Lady apples benefit from the extra days of sunshine. Their pink blush and sweet crunch make them as appealing to the eye as they are to the taste buds. Stop in at our market this Saturday (429 Covell Ave., NW) between 9am and 4pm and buy some for yourself! We will also have Honeycrisp and Ida Red apples and our award-winning cider available at the market. Nothing says “Autumn in Michigan” more than fresh apples, sweet cider, warm apple pie, and jars of applesauce waiting to be enjoyed on a cold winter evening. Ida Red apples waiting to be harvested Careful handling of apples is a vital component of harvesting and preservation....

Sep13

It’s Apple Picking Time!

Posted on Sep 13 by

You might have noticed the recent change in the weather.  Suddenly it’s feeling a little cooler out there, and you know what that means… our wonderful summer days will soon be history!  The dropping temperatures will be followed by those lovely Fall colors, and all the other things we enjoy about this transitional season.  For us fruit growers though, Fall is mostly all about apple picking!  We are very busy these days with our crew picking many varieties, including Honeycrisp, Gala, and of course good ole’ MacIntosh apples (not computers!).  You can find all these and more at the Apple Barn Farm Market on Covell and Bridge in Grand Rapids. We’ve also got the cider mill up and running in full swing.  You can pick up our awarding winning gourmet apple cider at our market as well or at any of these fine local...

May21

Spring is Here!

Posted on May 21 by

Springtime is a wonderful time of the year to be a fruit grower.  In the past  weeks we went from wondering when Spring would ever arrive, to seeing the orchards in full bloom.   We had good weather for pollination last week and the petals are now  falling. The bees aren’t the only ones busy working.  We’ve kept very busy this Spring working the ground and planting new trees.  Now we are very busy training and pruning trees.   It is very important to train a young tree correctly.  When a tree is trained improperly, it cannot bear the load of the fruit that it must carry.  This puts strain on the limbs, and will eventually result in limb breakage, which decreases productivity, introduces diseases, etc.   Another important facet of pruning/training is light penetration which is necessary for a bud to bloom well and get a good pollination set, and eventually for the fruit to get adequate sun and properly color.   A well pruned and trimmed tree also allows air movement trough the tree which helps it dry more quickly after...

Dec22

Now’s a fine time to make wine!

Posted on Dec 22 by

Cider flavor is at its peak right now. We are currently using 6-8 different varieties of apples each time we press a new batch of cider. This means that now is also a great time to try your hand at making some apple wine. There are a number of reasons that you want to choose our cider to make wine with. The first reason is due to the fact that we recently were awarded the blue ribbon for having the best cider in Michigan! The second reason is that our cider is 100% free from any added preservatives. Our cider is made from tree ripened, handpicked apples which means that we don’t have to add any sodium benzoate or potassium sorbate. The third reason is convenience. Just drop off the pails, or jugs that you plan on using and we will fill them for you. So, if you plan on making some wine, give our cider a try. After all, the best cider in Michigan is bound to make the best cider wine. Do you make cider wine?  If...

Dec21

Blue Ribbon Cider!

Posted on Dec 21 by

The second week of December marked the annual Fruit and Vegetable Grower Expo held in downtown Grand Rapids.  This expo includes informative education programs, a trade show with over 400 exhibitors, as well as a statewide cider competition.  This year 40 cider entries were submitted for the competition.  The cider is judged by a panel of expert judges who are looking at several different characteristics of the cider.  These include appearance, color, aroma, sweet to tart blend, sugar to acid ratio, flavor, body, and overall impression.  The cider is sent through several rounds until it is narrowed down to the remaining three from which the judges pick a first, second, and third place.  This year we were awarded with first place!  This makes it the third time in which we have been awarded with a first place finish.  After three first place finishes you are also granted the award of the “master cider maker.”  A big thanks goes out to all of our customers who have made it possible for us to achieve these two awards! If you’re wondering...

Oct08

FRESH SWEET APPLE CIDER

Posted on Oct 8 by

October is here and that means crisp fall days are back.  What better way is there to enjoy the new season than with a flavorful glass of our fresh squeezed cider?  Our cider is pressed fresh daily from tree-ripened apples that are grown right in our own orchard.  The process from apple to juice is relatively simple.  The apples are hand picked, cooled, washed, inspected, and then sent through the mill.  The slurry of apples is then pumped into a press. The juice is then squeezed from the apple slurry and pumped into a large mix tank where the  flavors of the many different apple varieties are mixed.  After the mixing process is complete the cider is processed via a UV light, bottled, and shipped to your local market.  So, celebrate the new season by enjoying a glass of Engelsma’s Apple Barn...