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Feb 11, 2016

Just a reminder:  We're closing for the season this Sunday at 5 PM.

The last pressing (#20) of Grampa Tony's cider has been made for this season.  Almost all of this cider has been ordered.  The remainder of the cider is being sold on a first come basis.
We'll email when the cider is sold out.

If you have ordered cider and are reluctant to come out to the farm due to the cold weather which is predicted for Saturday and Sunday, please call us at 860 654 1590 and we will make arrangements for a time you can pick it up early next week.

Please note: We will be getting freshly made cider donuts on Saturday only.  Donuts will be sold frozen on Friday and Sunday.

Apple varieties available are Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cameo, Empire, Macintosh and Assorted Thirds.

We have just a few frozen unbaked Apple Pies, Family and Mini crisps for sale. 

Stay warm,
Tom and Sharon Muska , Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm, 216 East Road
Broad Brook

Feb 6, 2016

1.  We are closing for the season next Sunday, Feb 14, at 5 PM.  Hours for sales are Th and Fri 11 - 5, Sat and Sun 11 - 6. 

2.  Most of Pressing #19 (made Feb. 3) has been ordered.  There are just a few gallons and half gallons left to sell on a first come basis.  Pressing #20, the last batch of cider for this season, will be available starting Thursday, Feb 11. It will be a larger pressing of approximately 120 gallons.  If you want to make sure to get some, please order!

3.  Apples available:  Fuji, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Empire, and small amounts of Macintosh, Red Delicious and Assorted Thirds.

4.  We are getting very small amounts of cider donuts next Sat and Sun.  To avoid disappointment it's a good idea to order some if you want some for your freezer.

Snowily,

Tom and Sharon Muska,
Growers and Cider Pressers

Jan 28, 2016

As we get closer to the end of our season (tentatively Sunday, Feb 14), please pause a moment to ask yourself this question: "Do I want the luxury of  having apple pies, crisps or cider donuts in my freezer after the farm is closed for the season?

If so, the way to make that happen is to place an order.  The deadline for pie and crisp orders is Sunday, Feb. 7 and donuts may be ordered until Friday, Feb. 12.  You can order by sending an email applebrookfarm@cox.net or calling us at 860 654 1590.  We will be selling some pies and crisps on a walk-in basis.

Please note: Donuts ordered for pick-up on a Thursday or Friday will be frozen.  Donuts ordered for Saturday or Sunday pick-up will be freshly made.

We made Pressing #18 of Grampa Tony's cider yesterday.  If you wish to order cider from the next Pressing #19 (available beginning Thursday, Feb 4) or Pressing #20 (available beginning Thursday, Feb 11)  please email applebrookfarm@cox.net or call us 860 654  1590.  You need to order by the pressing date. 

What about apples?  We have a good supply of Fuji, Braeburn, Cameo, Macintosh, Empire, Red Delicious, Granny Smith.....Yellow Newton Pippin(small amount)....plus Assorted Thirds.
We are able to make only a few more 40 lb boxes of Assorted Thirds for $40.00 this season.  These apples are packed in four ten lb. bags.

Hope to see you soon at the farm,

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Jan 22, 2016

Have you noticed the large flocks of Canada geese flying in all different directions.....east to west, west to east, never seeming to fly south as they used to?  We act like those geese when we keep writing to you about continuing to be open for sales.  You might be wondering, "Can't those people ever make up their minds about how long they will be open?"

It's not indecision but an abundant crop which is yielding a super long selling season for apples and cider!
February has been added to our online calendar at www.applebrookfarm.com.  It shows that we will be open until Feb. 7 as of now but we may be open even a little longer.  Just stay tuned.

So,  this is your latest reminder that you still have time to come out to the farm!  We made Pressing #17 of Grampa Tony's non pasteurized cider on Wednesday......apple varieties available are Fuji, Braeburn, Cameo, Empire, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Yellow Newton Pippin plus Assorted Thirds. 
Frozen apple pies and crisps made with our apples........ cider donuts freshly made on Sat and Sun.....

We have had several orders for our 40 lb. boxes of Assorted Thirds for $40.00 (packaged in four 10 lb. bags) and estimate we can make a few more.  Three days notice please......

Open TH and FRI 11 - 6   SAT and SUN 11 - 5

Hope to see you at the farm soon,

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Jan 15, 2016

Elastic bands, salt water taffy, bungee cords....stretchy things seem to be on our minds lately.

It's probably because our season is stretching farther than it has in a long time!  The harvest was abundant so we have a nice selection of apples... pressing #16 of Grampa Tony's cider made two days ago...plus frozen unbaked pies and crisps made with our apples....freshly made cider donuts Sat and Sun, frozen on Thurs and Fri.
    
Varieties available now are Cameo, Liberty, Granny Smith,  Fuji, Braeburn, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Macintosh and Empire.

If you would like 40 lbs. of Assorted Thirds for $40.00 we need three days notice.  The apples are packed in 4 ten lb. bags.  Their fame for making outstanding applesauce is widespread.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Jan 7, 2016

When we made up calendars earlier in the year, we put January 11 as a possible closing for the season date.  Well, apparently we aren't gifted with being able to forsee the future! Please recycle that earlier calendar if you have one, as it looks now that we will be open to January 31st!
Speaking of calendars, we just looked back at 2015 and the farm was in full bloom on May 7, 2015.  That timeframe is only 4 months away for the 2016 crop!

Sales have been very good, but this harvest was plentiful and has stored very well.  We currently have these apples for sale: Cameo, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Macintosh, Cortland (last box), Empire,  Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious.  We also have our ever popular Assorted Thirds.

Yesterday we made Pressing #15 of Grampa Tony's cider (non pasteurized).  So far this season we have pressed 2,004 gallons and expect to make about 260 more in three weekly pressings. If you want to buy extra cider for freezing, please order soon to help us calculate how many gallons to make per week.

We are stocking the usuals: cider donuts(frozen on Th and Fri, freshly made on Sat and Sun), frozen unbaked pies and crisps made with our apples.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Dec 31, 2015

It's the last day of 2015 so, even though 2015 is passing away, things are fresh and crispy here at the farm!  Our apples are not tired and scruffy because they are kept in our cold storage rooms except for the brief time they are in the farmstand waiting for you to take them to your cold storage!

We have many varieties of apples for you if you are tired of all the holiday foods and want to "eat healthy" again.  Apples available now are  Honeycrisp(last box), Cameo, Liberty, Granny Smith, Fuji, Braeburn, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Macintosh, Cortland and Empire.

We made  Pressing #14 Grampa Tony's cider yesterday.  That makes a total of 1,943 gallons pressed so far this season with about enough apples to make 350 gallons more.  If your response to that fact is "Oh, no!" we encourage you to stop by for cider that you can freeze for later.

It's back to normal hours for sales:
 Thursday and Friday 11 - 6, Saturday and Sunday 11 - 5. Not Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Due to our abundant harvest this year, it looks like we will be open throughout January.

We will continue to have freshly made cider donuts on Saturdays and Sundays and have them available frozen on Thursday and Fridays.
We have a good supply of frozen apple pies and crisps made with our apples.  No fresh cookies this week but they'll be back next Thursday.

We wish you the very best year possible in 2016,

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Dec 18, 2015

Special hours for sales during Christmas week are Mon - Wed 11 - 6, Thurs (Christmas Eve) 11 - 3, Not Open Christmas or Dec. 26.  We will reopen for regular hours for sales on Sunday, Dec. 27.

A customer stopped by yesterday who hadn't been here for several weeks(his comment, we don't take attendance!)......He said, "I can't believe how many varieties you still have and how great they look!"  We strive (OK obsess)  to keep our apples fresh and crisp for you.

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp...(Yes, Honeycrisp!), Cameo, Liberty, Granny Smith,  Fuji, Braeburn, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Macintosh, Cortland and Empire. Our Assorted Thirds are also selling well. 

We just made Pressing #12 of Grampa Tony's cider (non pasteurized) and will make Pressing #13 on Monday.  It's a good idea, but not necessary, to order cider if you need it for Christmas or other holiday entertaining.

The deadline for Christmas pie and crisp orders is Sunday, December 20.  After that items will be sold on a first come basis.  Just a thought: There's always room in the freezer for a few of our mini crisps.  They are an easy, homemade treat!

Hope to see you at the farm soon,

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Dec 11, 2015

It certainly seems like spring these days.  Getting outdoors is a real treat not always experienced at this time of year.  We have been decorating with greenery and berries from the farm and neighboring areas, and using a bunch of holly from friends who were pruning their bushes.  Some of our decorations involve snowmen who seem really out of place; however we don't mind waiting for them to be more appropriate!

Getting to the farm is much easier weather-wise than in past Decembers, so it's really fortunate for us to have a good crop of apples for you to enjoy.  Varieties available now are:
Cameo, Liberty, Granny Smith, Fuji, Braeburn, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Macintosh, Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious.

So far this season we have pressed 1,704 gallons of Grampa Tony's cider (not pasteurized).  We estimate that we will press approximately 600 gallons more. It is really helpful if you can order cider you might want for holiday entertaining as we want to be sure to press enough. 

The deadline for Christmas orders for Luann's items is Dec. 20.  After that, pies, crisps and cookies will be sold on a first come basis. 

The old song says "May all your Christmases be white" but we really prefer the present situation.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

 

PS. Somehow we forgot to include Honeycrisp on our list of apple varieties available now.  How could that happen!!  Honeycrisp are our most popular apples!! We expect to have them until after Christmas.  They remain flavorful and crisp.....Sorry for the omission......

Forgetfully,
Tom and Sharon

Dec 5, 2015

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Cameo, Liberty, Granny Smith,  Fuji, Braeburn, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Macintosh, Cortland and Empire.

How do we keep our apples crisp?  Our cold storage rooms are kept at an average temperature of 34 degrees.  Apples soften quickly at room temperature so make sure you take good care of them by keeping them in your refrigerator.

We made Pressing #10 of Grampa Tony's cider this week.  It has 21 varieties of apples in it.

There are just a few jars of Buckwheat honey left from our on-farm hives; however the beekeeper brought jars of honey which was made by the bees here in mid-summer when he brought empty hives back in late July. We are calling that honey "Summer Wildflower."   It is lighter in color and flavor than the Buckwheat.

We'll keep a good supply of pies and crisps on hand for the holiday season.  It is, however, always a good idea to order what you might need to avoid disappointment. 

Hope to see you at the farm soon,

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Nov 26, 2015

Today and every day we are very thankful for your support of our farm.  Growing apples and pressing cider is what we do, but that wouldn't be possible without your purchases and encouragement.

Your "word of mouth" advertising frequently brings new customers to us.  Remember, we grow and press just for you!

Hope you to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska
Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook 

Nov 21, 2015

This is our yearly YES update.  The answer to all the questions is YES!

1.  Are you open for special hours Thanksgiving Week?
2.  Will you be open Mon - Wed 11 - 6, Not Open Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 27, Re-opening on Sat Nov. 28?
3.  Is the deadline for pie orders passed?
4.  Will you have freshly made cider donuts on Sat and Sun?
5.  Are you making another pressing of Grampa Tony's cider on Monday, the 23rd?
6.  Are the apple varieties you have now Honeycrisp, Cameo, Granny Smith,  Fuji, Braeburn, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Golden Russet, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Macintosh,  Cortland, Empire, Redcort and Jonagold?  What about Assorted Thirds?
7.  Do you still have honey from hives located on your farm? 
8.  Are you planning to be open for sales well into January?

9.  Are we very thankful you have been such good customers and supporters of our farm?  Absolutely YES!

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Nov 14, 2015

Because of the cold and windy conditions predicted for today, our apple display will be set up inside the red sales barn and our check-out will be through the house.  We have freezers inside, so you can select pies and crisps indoors as well.  Of course we'll have freshly made Cider Donuts and Luann's cookies (frozen today) ....tasty treats!

If tomorrow turns out to have similar weather conditions, we'll have the same arrangement.

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Fuji, Redcort, Liberty, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Golden Russet, Yellow Newtown Pippin, Roxbury Russet, Braeburn, Macintosh, Cortland, and Jonagold. 

We have plenty of Grampa Tony's cider on hand. Just a reminder, our cider is not pasteurized.  To avoid disappointment, it's a good idea to order Thanksgiving cider (in person, via email or phone 860 654 1590).

The deadline for Thanksgiving pie or crisp orders is this coming Wednesday, Nov. 18.  After that, items will be sold on a first come basis.

Counting our blessings,
Tom and Sharon Muska
Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Nov 8, 2015

Wondering if you should come on Sunday afternoons for Grampa Tony's non-pasteurized cider? We ran out on Sundays earlier in the season, but we should have plenty today.

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook, CT

Nov 6, 2015

There has been a lot of interest in the kestrel project which Tom Sayers is conducting on the farm.  This year we had one chick hatch which he banded in June (see photos on our homepage http://www.applebrookfarm.com/
His 2015 report on all of the 75 boxes he maintains and monitors in the in the area indicates that he was able to band 68 young chicks and 31 adults as well.  Tom was filmed at our farm as part of  a TV documentary entitled "Plight of the Grasslands Birds" which has been shown on New Hampshire and Boston public television stations. Hopefully the documentary will be shown here on CT public TV in the future.

It seems since we turned the clocks back, the weather has turned back as well.  The calendar, however, is moving forward toward Thanksgiving!  Our online order form for pies, crisps, cookies and frozen cider donuts is up on our homepage.  Just look for the waving turkey!  Deadline for pie orders is Wednesday, Nov. 18.  After that we will be selling pies and crisps on a first come basis.  Of course you can stop by and fill out an order form here at the farm if you would prefer, or call us at 860 654 1590. 

Should you order cider as well?  It really would a good idea.

Apple varieties available now are: Honeycrisp, Macoun, Shizuka, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newton Pippin, Roxbury Russet, Liberty, Macintosh,  Redcort, Cortland, Royal Empire and Jonagold and Assorted Thirds.  Starting Saturday we will have Golden Russets as well.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers

Nov 1, 2015

We're starting Sunday with 72 gallons of Grampa Tony's cider bottled as 46 in gallon and 52 in half gallon containers.  There's no limit on the number of gallons you can purchase.

Apple varieties available: Honeycrisp, Macoun, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Yellow Newton Pippin, Liberty, Shizuka, Macintosh,  Redcort, Roxbury Russet, Cortland, Royal Empire and Jonagold plus Assorted Thirds.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska,
Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Oct. 23, 2015

Have you seen the bushes that are turning pink in the understory of the woods as you drive along?  We look for them every year as they are so unusual. 

The beekeeper brought a larger second harvest of honey from our on- farm hives.   Saturday we will add Baldwin and Northern Spy (very limited) to our  apple assortment. 

Take time to enjoy this season without worrying about what the winter might bring.  Hard to do given last winter's weather but try..................

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Oct. 22, 2015

Pressing #4 of Grampa Tony's cider (non-pasteurized) will be available starting today.  2 gallon limit for this pressing........

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Macoun,  Liberty, Shizuka,  SnowSweet (6 apple limit), Macintosh,  Redcort, Roxbury Russet, Cortland, Royal Empire and Jonathan.   We'll have more varieties Saturday.  Can you guess what they are?

No freshly made cookies this week-end (Luann's on vacation); however we do have a small amount frozen from last week's order.

Hope to see you at the farm soon.........
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers

Oct. 18, 2015

Open 11-5 today.......Starting the day with 38 gallons of cider to be sold on first come basis.  2 gallon limit for this pressing.
 
Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Macoun,  Liberty, Shizuka,  Macintosh,  Redcort, Roxbury Russet, Cortland, Royal Empire and Jonathan.  We'll have more varieties soon.

Cider donuts freshly made on Saturdays and Sundays and sold frozen on Th and Fri.

We are stocked up on frozen unbaked apple crisps made with our apples and have a limited amount of frozen unbaked apple pies on hand.

Stay warm,
Tom and Sharon Muska
Growers and Cider Pressers
Apple brook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook

Oct. 15, 2015

An apology is due to our longtime regular customers.  Due to the newspaper article in the Journal Inquirer we were totally overwhelmed last week-end and many of you came to find that what you wanted was sold out.  We'll try again to meet your needs.

Pressing #3 of Grampa Tony's cider is available now.  Please understand that we have to place a two gallon limit for this pressing due to anticipated high demand. These limits will not last long.

Apples today: Honeycrisp, Macoun,  Liberty, Shizuka,  Macintosh,  Redcort, Roxbury Russet, Cortland, Royal Empire and Jonathan, Assorted Thirds…more varieties soon.

We're stocked up on frozen unbaked apple crisps made with our apples but  temporarily sold out frozen unbaked pies.  We'll have more pies on Saturday.

Thanks for your understanding,
Tom and Sharon Muska
Growers and Cider Pressers

Oct. 10, 2015

Starting Sunday with only 35 gallons of cider after a tremendous turnout of cider lovers yesterday. Thanks to the Journal Inquirer for a wonderful photo story about our cider.

We will have cider donuts, Luann's homemade cookies and apples: Honeycrisp, Macoun, Shizuka, Cortland, Gala, Jonagold, Royal Empire,Liberty, Macintosh, Roxbury Russet, Redcort.

Just a reminder:  We will be Open for Sales on Monday, Columbus Day from 11 - 6.  Cider donuts will be freshly made for the holiday.  Due to high demand, we are almost sold out of frozen apple pies and almost out of crisps. We'll increase our order once again this week.  

We've started to harvest our deep orange Rouge viv d'Etampes pumpkins along with the Baby Bears.  Other specialty pumpkins plus daisy gourds will be ready soon.

Enjoy the fall colors that are brightening up our world...............

Hope to see you soon at the farm,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers
216 East Road
Broad Brook, CT  

Oct. 08, 2015

No cider today.  More Friday........

We're not  usually open on Mondays but we are open  Columbus Day from 11 - 6.

It's getting really pretty at the farm as Mother Nature gently moves into Autumn.  Try to spend some time outdoors to see what's happening all around you.

We are fully re-stocked with Luann's pies, Party and Family Size apple crisps made with our apples; however we have just a few Minis this week-end. 

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Macoun, Liberty, Macintosh, Gala, Redcort, Roxbury Russet, Cortland, and Jonathan.  More coming soon.

Customers are pleased with the quality of the honey from our on-farm hives. 

Hours for sales Th and Fri 11 - 6, Sat and Sun 11 - 5     Columbus Day 11 - 6 

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers

Oct. 03, 2015

We made Pressing #1 of Grampa Tony's cider which will be available starting today!!!  Just a reminder...our cider is not pasteurized.

The beekeeper brought honey he extracted from our on-farm hives last Sunday, September 26.  He said it is of very high quality.  Available in 8 oz., one pound and 2 pound jars. 

Hours for Sales:  Sat and Sun 11 - 5   Th and Fri 11 - 6

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers

Applebrook Farm
216 East Road
Broad Brook, CT

Oct. 01, 2015

With all the conflicting reports about the track of Joaquin, we are stretching our psychic powers to the max.  Well, we don't have any psychic powers but you know what we mean!!!

There's good news about Grampa Tony's cider.  If all goes well, we will press tomorrow and should have cider available on Saturday morning.  We were uncertain about what to do in the face of potential power outages but as of now things look OK.  We'll email when we have finished the pressing so please stay tuned.    

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Macoun, Liberty, Macintosh, Gala, Redcort, Jnamac, Roxbury Russet, Jonathan, Golden Supreme, Jonamac and Cortland.

This week we asked Luann to make a lot of Family Crisps and Mini Crisps in favor of pies and Party Crisps. These are available now.
Sorry we ran out of crisps early on Sunday, but Luann's fan club was out in force last week-end!  She is also making extra cookies which will be available Saturday.

Fudge has been shipped and should be for sale on Saturday.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,

Tom and Sharon Muska,
Growers and Cider Pressers
Applebrook Farm
216 East Road
Broad Brook, CT

Sept. 25, 2015

It's getting crowded in our cold storage rooms......This week we have Honeycrisp, Gala, Redcort, Golden Supreme, Cortland, Macintosh, Jonamac, Spartan and Summer Rambeau.  Starting Saturday Jonathan and Roxbury Russet will also be ready.  Many more varieties are coming after that!

The ever popular Assorted Thirds have returned.  Please note that these apples are ideal for small snacks, lunch boxes and apple sauce.

We're getting close to pressing cider.  We'll send a bulletin when we do. 

Do you ever have unexpected company drop by?  Luann's pies and crisps made with our apples are entertainment insurance to have in your freezer!

Open for Sales  TH & FRI 11 - 6,     SAT & SUN 11 - 5

Do you forward our emails to others?  Someone asked us to put our address in all the Farm Updates as their friends didn't have that info.  So, we will..............

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers (hopefully next week!)

Applebrook Farm
216 East Road, Broad Brook CT

Sept. 17, 2015

 
The beautiful weather continues!  Lots of sun and no wind make for ideal ripening conditions.

Open for Sales Th and Fri 11 - 6, Sat and Sun 11 - 5........

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Gala, Jonamac, Gravenstein,  Summer Rambeau, and Greening.

Just a reminder about our cider donuts. They are sold frozen on Thursday and Fridays and freshly made on Saturdays and Sundays.  If you come on the week-end for fresh donuts, we usually have frozen donuts on hand in case you want to stock up. By special order we can provide larger amounts of fresh donuts for office parties or customer appreciation events.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,
Tom and Sharon Muska
Applebrook Farm  216 East Road, Broad Brook

Sept. 8, 2015

It's time to come back to the farm!  We're opening for the season this coming Saturday, Sept. 12!

Our regular hours for sales are Saturdays and Sundays 11 - 5.  We'll be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, then open Thursdays and Fridays 11 - 6.

We have put calendars for Sept - Dec on our website www.applebrookfarm.com .  You can also email us applebrookfarm@cox.net or call us for info at 860 654 1590.

Our crop this year looks really good!  We had warm days and no rain during bloomtime which resulted in excellent pollination conditions.  It looks right now like we can be open into the winter. 

Varieties available now are Honeycrisp, Gala, Macintosh, Summer Rambeau (quite tart!), Gravenstein, Jonamac and possibly more by Saturday.

We'll also have cider donuts, and Luann's frozen pies and crisps made with our apples plus her cookies.

Grampa Tony's cider (non-pasteurized) will be pressed later in the season when all the proper varieties are harvested.

Hope to see you at the farm soon,

Tom and Sharon Muska
Growers and Cider Pressers(not quite yet)

July 15, 2015

Each year for a long time we have offered an opportunity to purchase Apple Buyer Cards.  We do this only once a year
and now is the time!
Buyer Cards cost you $10.00 each and can be redeemed for $15.00 worth of apples. (You don't have to purchase all $15.00 during the same visit to the farm.)  You may buy as many cards as you want.  They never expire.

This year our crop is abundant and looking really good. 

We know that many people don't want to open attachments, so if you would like more information about the Buyer Cards which includes an order form, please visit the homepage of our website http://www.applebrookfarm.com/

It doesn't seem possible but we are only 59 days away from the date we are planning to open for the season.....

Hope to see you at the farm in September,
Tom and Sharon Muska
Growers and Cider Pressers

June 24, 2015

Glad to be able to tell you that we saw one kestrel chick who looked to be about 5 days old, according to Tom Sayers.  One other egg didn't hatch so we will be hoping that this new addition thrives.

Oh, apples are doing well with a good balance of rain and sunshine.

Planting the rest of the pumpkin seeds today and then sunflowers soon.  

Lots of work but we have such pleasant working conditions............

Tom and Sharon Muska,
Growers and Cider Pressers


Kestrel chick first seen in farm nesting box 6/22/15

June 11, 2015

As you may have thought, we lost a lot of pruning time during February and March when the trees were not accessible due to the deep snow and bitterly cold temps.  Looking out now at the trees with their green leaves nourishing the rapidly developing apples, it's hard to believe that extremely difficult winter really happened.  The trees are fine which gives us a lot more respect for what they can endure!

We are planting more land to buckwheat as food for the bees.  The hives will be moved back sometime in July to produce honey that we will be selling later in the year.

A male and a female kestrel chose a box to live in and Tom Sayers photographed one egg.  Hopefully more eggs were laid.  The chick (hopefully chicks) are supposed to hatch around the 16th of this month.  If we can get photos, we'll post them on our website.

Some people have asked if we are going to offer our Buyer Card opportunity this year.  Yes, we are.  Details to follow in July.

Our Opening Day Countdown clock is active again on the homepage of our website www.applebrookfarm.com.  We're planning to open for sales on Saturday, September 12.

Our Facebook page is also shown there in the left side column.  It's a good way for us to show photos of what is happening here as we know many of you are extremely interested in how your apples are cared for. 

Busily,
Tom and Sharon Muska
,  Growers and Cider Pressers

PS.  If you could only eat one of our apples today, what variety would it be?

 

 

 
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