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New Apple Variety Available

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Apples, blog, Cider | 0 comments

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....

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It’s Apple Picking Time!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Apples, blog, Cider, Featured | 0 comments

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...

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Spring is Here!

Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Apples, blog, Featured | 1 comment

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 a rain, which in turn minimizes disease...

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