Today kicks off apple season here in New England. The essential fall fruit is as perfect for the everyday snack as it is delicious in pie, cake or simple baked crisp.
I could share a gazillion recipes for apples. They are that versatile a fruit.
Last fall I shared some of my favorite apple recipes and kitchen tips on my other blog.
What I did not share there was the lovely surprise that greeted us after returning from the orchard filled to the brim with fruits of our labor…ha! No pun intended there….
This orchard has a DISTILLERY!! How cool is that?!
A little back story…
For a few years running we have paired up with another family or two for a Columbus Day outing. We head to the trails in the Adirondack mountains and enjoy a great hike and lunch. Last year, for some reason we were not into hike-mode and realizing we almost let apple picking slip by, decided to head to a local orchard for the day. We live smack dab in the middle of at least 4 local farms, so we decided to drive a bit out of our town and try a place 30 minutes away.
We discovered Golden Harvest Farms in Valatie, NY. The apples were ok for picking. I would say better in the market set-up.
Nothing lost…we had fun hitching a ride on the tractor, picking the best we could find and walking back to the main store. It is here that we discovered the red sign telling us to go this way…
And we did.
Upon entering the small building, we were met with a wall of casks, each emblazoned with their own signature design…
Welcome to Harvest Spirits , 100% Farmer Owned, and the home of award winning Core Vodka, Pear Brandy and Cornelius Applejack, all made from the fruit grown out back in the fields as they have been for generations. We bellied up to the tasting bar and sampled the wares and found each to be unique and flavorful.
I tried to find out how some of the special bottles had full apples in them…but I couldn’t get it out of him…
We really liked the Core Vodka which was very clean & crisp with very little aftertaste and the packaging is perfect for gift giving.
In fact, we liked the Pear Brandy as well…and it was a toss up as to what we would like to bring home. We decided on the Core vodka and let me tell you…it is delicious in a POM martini!
Never rule out a short trip from home when given the opportunity. You never know what treasures you will find.
Want to visit Golden Harvest Farms? Sure you do!
Here is their information and the website for Harvest Spirits.
Golden Harvest Farms
3074 US Rte 9, Valatie, NY 12184
Harvest Spirits LLC
3074 US Rte 9, PO Box 813, Valatie, NY 12184
firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-253-5917