End of the Season: November 8

November is here, and all our apples have been harvested.  Since we lack long-term apple storage, we only sell fruit fresh from the tree.  Therefore, our last day of the 2015 season will be Sunday, November 8.

This week we have (while supplies last!):

Red Delicious: Sweet and crunchy.  Great for snacking and salads.

Golden Delicious: Perfect for snacking and baking, sauce-making.

Melrose: Similar to a Gala or Jonagold. Juicy and sweet, but not too sweet.

Ida Red: The tartest apple we have now. Ideal for holiday pies!

Speaking of the holidays, our fresh apples should keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.  If you’re thinking about making an apple pie for Thanksgiving, make one last trip to the orchard to stock up!  We also have jams and local honey, which make a nice host/hostess gift.

Here are the last of our throwback photos, as we wrap up our 30th anniversary year:

Have you ever wondered how a commercial apple washer works? Or what one looks like?  Oh, you haven’t?!  Well, let us show you ours, anyway!

1990 | Kermit operates the new apple washer.

1990 | Kermit operates the new apple washer.

The apples are brought into a tunnel where they are rinsed clean with spring water – very similar to a car wash!  They are gently scrubbed with the white sponge rollers; then buffed with the black brush rollers.  At the end they roll into a padded collection area where we inspect and sort each one.

1995 | Taggart grandchildren pick apples.

1995 | Taggart grandchildren pick apples.

While this photo might have been a “tiny” bit staged – with their matching Taggart sweatshirts and decorative baskets – Taggart’s is very much a family business.  Four generations of Taggarts now live and work on the family farm.  And if you visit the barn during the week, you may have met our dear neighbor, Carol, who assists with sales.  Other than a few extra friends who have helped with large harvests – that’s it!

2015 | welcome to the orchard

2015 | welcome to the orchard

Thank you for supporting local agriculture this year.  We hope to see you this week and check our Facebook and Instagram during the off-season for a preview of the 2016 apple crop!

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October Apples

We have quite a selection of apples this week!

Golden (Yellow) Delicious are here!  This is popular eating apple is the sweetest variety we have at the moment.

We also have Cortland apples: tart and great for baking.  Many folks enjoy snacking on them, too.

Empire and Spartan varieties are a mix of sweet and tart.  Empire are naturally a smaller sized apple, making them perfect for lunch boxes.  Both would make great pies and sauce, too.

Empire apples

Empire apples

We are expecting Red Delicious and Jonagold to be ready this weekend, but please call ahead to check.  Apples reach their peak at slightly different times each year due to the weather.  We won’t sell them until they’re ready!

Of course, we have more 30th Anniversary photos and memories to share with you!  The doors to the apple barn in opened in 1985, and as you can see we have preserved the “historical integrity” of the structure!  Not much has changed in 30 years!

1987 | Taggart's Orchard apple barn - looks remarkably similar today!

1987 | Taggart’s Orchard apple barn – looks remarkably similar today!

Kermit and Louise Taggart operated the orchard by themselves until their daughter, Nancy, and husband John returned to the family farm in 1989. Nancy and John (Tilley) have assumed more orchard duties in recent years as they have both retired from careers in non-profit fundraising and banking, respectively.

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1989 | He may not be a Taggart by birth, but John has proven himself useful over the years 🙂

While the first Taggart apple trees were planted in 1983, we continued to add to the orchard through the 80s and early 90s.  You can see immature trees and their stakes in the background of the photo below:

1989 | Kermit and Louise pose by a new section of orchard.

1989 | Kermit and Louise pose by a new section of orchard.

Some of these trees have ended their useful life and have been removed from the orchard in recent years.  However, we are making plans to replant to continue growing and selling apples!  Stay tuned!

1987 | Katelyn, a grand-daughter of Kerm and Louise, gets her first taste of agriculture (literally!) and makes plans to run the farm one day!

Happy October!

Autumn is officially here!  It’s time to embrace all things pumpkin spice, hot cider, fresh apple pie and homemade apple sauce (if you haven’t already, that is!).

Our apple barn, surrounded by fall color.

Our apple barn, surrounded by fall color.

We’ve got all your apple needs covered!  These varieties are available at the apple barn this week:

Jonagold – It’s back! Crisp, great for snacking and baking

Yellow (Golden) Delicious – juicy and sweet, a snacking favorite

Red Delicious – a beautiful apple, for snacking and salads

McIntosh – on the tart side, favored by bakers

Spartan – crisp and juicy, a McIntosh blend

Apples ripen on the tree.

Apples ripen on the tree.

Cider, local honey, jam, peanut brittle, pumpkin and apple butters are also available.

We encourage you to call ahead to inquire about up-to-date availability of your favorite variety or if interested in large quantities (bushel or more).