January 16, 2008
January 09, 2008

November 28, 2007
November 19, 2007
November 15, 2007
November 11, 2007

2006--07 Season Farm Updates

 

January 16, 2008

Are you wondering what we might have to sell on the week-end when we are closing for the season on Sunday the 20th at 5 PM?

There actually is something new!  We have begun cutting up our apple wood into 14 " lengths which are suitable for fireplaces, stoves or smoking meat/fish/poultry.  The logs are sold in a wooden apple box for $9.50 (box included).  There will be photos up soon on our website at www.applebrookfarm.com.  We'll be selling the wood year round as it become available.

Apple varieties available are Granny Smith, Winesap, Yellow Newton, Golden Delicious, Redcort and Red Delicious.  We have very little cider left which has not been saved for orders.  We'll be getting freshly made cider donuts on Saturday and Sunday.

We have 10 apple pies, 3 Party Crisps and 8 Family Crisps (no minis left)  which were freshly made after Christmas.  There are a few bags of molasses cookies in the freezer as well as 4 apple crunch cakes.

If you need baked applesauce, we have 10+ jars on hand as well as a few two lb. jars of honey in the cupboard.

As many of you know, things never sell out evenly at the end.  Please feel free to contact us if you'd like to check on an item after Sunday.

We thank all of you for your support of our farm.

Hope to see you at the farm this week-end,
Tom and Sharon
, Growers and Cider Pressers

PS. Stay well in the "off season" and as the song goes "See you in September.......................... 

 

January 09, 2008

We were reading the other day that procrastinators make up 7% of the US population.  This message is for the 93% of recipients who are not procrastinators.  We will be closing for the season on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 5 PM.  If you want to purchase frozen apple pies or crisps, cookies, baked applesauce or cider donuts, it's best if you order now to avoid disappointment. 

Apple varieties available now are Braeburn (Thirds--we found a box in the cooler hidden behind other varieties), Empire, Granny Smith, Winesap, Yellow Newton, Redcort, Golden Delicious, Cortland and Red Delicious. The special offer of a 40 lb. box of Assorted Thirds for $25.00 is still available.

We are making our last pressing of Grampa Tony's cider for this season.  There are 14 varieties of apples in this batch and the taste is still super.  We don't let up on quality, just because it's the end of the season!  Yes, it's a good idea to order cider too.

Hours for sales are Fri 11 - 6, Sat and Sun 11 - 5. 

Hope to see you at the farm before the 20th,
Tom and Sharon, Growers and Cider Pressers

 

December 28, 2007

We'll be open for sales this week on Sat and Sun from 11 - 5 and Monday, New Year's Eve from 11 - 6.  Then we start winter hours which will be Fridays 11 - 6, Saturdays and Sundays 11 - 5.  Right now it looks like our final day for sales will be Sunday, Jan. 20.

We just made the next to last pressing of Grampa Tony's cider for this season.  If you want to freeze any, please stop by soon or order as we don't want to disappoint you by not having any when you need it.

Apple varieties available now are Braeburn, Yellow Newton, Empire, Redcort, Granny Smith, Cortland, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious.  At this time of year we feature a 40 lb. box of Assorted Thirds for $25.00.  Yup, that's .62 per lb.!  You should order these boxes ahead as they are packed as needed.

We'll continue to have cider donuts freshly made on Saturdays and Sundays as the weather permits.  We have extra frozen donuts so think about stocking up soon.

Tom took a walk through the orchard the other day and saw a large amount of fruit buds on all the trees.  Our potential crop is there waiting..........

Hope to see you soon at the farm,
Tom and Sharon

 

December 19, 2007

Are you one of the people who gets a little irritated when we don't know when we are closing for the season?  Our standard answer always is "We don't know, as we could get wiped out by a storm on a December week-end and then stay open longer." That's exactly what happened last Sunday when due to the ice, sleet, snow , freezing rain and rain.....did we mention all forms of precipitation?.... we had 4 customers! . We will be open for sales until Jan. 20; however our schedule will be just Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January.  Please check the calendar on our website www.applebrookfarm.com.

It's a good idea to order pies and crisps ahead for holiday entertaining. We try to plan for extra baked goods but they sell fast during this time of year. The deadline for Christmas apple pie orders is tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5 PM.  After that pies and crisps will be sold on a first come basis.

Do you need stocking presents or grab bag gifts?  We can cut our fudge in larger chunks to make a sweet treat.

We just made our thirteenth pressing of Grampa Tony's cider.  We'll have cider right along until Jan. 20.

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

PS  New for 2008....apple firewood!

 

December 13, 2007

We certainly are getting a taste of winter early this year!  The weather tends to rob time from everyone, just when the holidays are adding tasks and activities of their own to busy schedules.  The deadline for Christmas orders is Wednesday, Dec. 19.  Our order form is on our website www.applebrookfarm.com.  You can't order through the web, but it's easy to send us an email if you want us to save items for you.

Apple varieties available now are Braeburn, Granny Smith, Yellow Newton, Winesap, Redcort, Empire, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.

Attention all cider lovers:  Don't forget to start finding freezer space if you want to be able to drink Grampa Tony's cider throughout the coming months.  Cider freezes well.  We should be pressing until at least mid January.

It's time for the winter cider donut news:  If there are dangerous road conditions on a given Saturday or Sunday, we don't go to West Springfield on that day only to pick up fresh donuts. We always have extra frozen donuts on hand, but we don't travel for donuts if the roads are slippery. 

Thinking of buying Baked Applesauce for gifts?  Please email or call so we can set aside jars for you.  That way you can pick up your presents whenever it's convenient and avoid driving on slippery roads yourself!

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

 

December 6, 2007

Our holiday order form will be up on our website www.applebrookfarm.com by Saturday.  In addition to our regular pies and crisps, Luann will be making a cranberry apple crumb top pie as a special holiday treat.  The deadline for Christmas orders is Wed., Dec. 19. 

Apples available now are: Braeburn, Redcort, Empire, Winesap, Yellow Newton, Jonagold, Stayman, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. 

Did you know that we can cut our fudge into larger sized pieces?  You could take some fudge to your office party or neighborhood gathering.  It's hard to find good fudge nowadays and we know that ours (made by the Pepper Candy Co. of Salem, MA) is a crowd pleaser.

We're continuing to press our non pasteurized cider.  A customer recently told us that our cider is always the best, but this year's is better than that!

Have to sign off...........Buffy is barking at something out in the orchard.  Could it be a couple of reindeer?

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

 

November 28, 2007

There are so many of you who are Macoun and Honeycrisp fans that we want to give you a little info about next year's crop.  The buds were formed on all the apple trees in June.  Now that the leaves are falling from the trees, so we can see the potential apples in their earliest form.  That's not much consolation as it's a long wait until next September.......just be aware that there are buds waiting for next spring.  You can see them on the trees near the sales barn when you visit the farm.

Apple varieties available now are Braeburn, Granny Smith, Empire, Winesap, Golden Delicious, Redcort, Macintosh, Cortland and Red Delicious.  Our heirloom apples available now are Baldwin, Stayman and Yellow Newton. 

If you want to purchase baked applesauce, it is a good idea to order if you need more than 4 jars at the same time.  We can't keep it in stock, as people are coming in and buying 6 and 8 jars at a time as gifts. 

For the month of December we will be ordering jelly donuts from the people who make our cider donuts.  Their jelly donuts are so good we buy them all the time when we are picking up our orders on Saturdays and Sundays.  Thought you might like to try them, so they'll be available just for a few weeks on a trial basis.   

We'll be putting our Holiday Order Form up on our website www.applebrookfarm.com soon.  In addition to our regular items, Luann will be making cranberry apple crumb top pie, apple walnut crunch cupcakes, reindeer cookies(for the reindeer, not shaped like reindeer), and other surprises.

We're on Press # 11 of our cider...........18 varieties in it this time!

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

PS  A program note for those of you who have been listening to our son, D. Dowd Muska, on WDRC 1360 AM when he substitutes for Dan Lovallo on The Talk of CT,  he will be on this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29 and 30 from 3 - 6 PM.

 

November 19, 2007

Special Hours for sales for Thanksgiving week:  Monday and Tuesday 11 - 6, Wednesday 11 - 7...No sales on Thanksgiving Day or Friday, Nov. 23.  Regular hours for sales resume on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Luann is making extra cookies and cakes for sale on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Apple varieties available now are: Braeburn, Granny Smith, Empire, Winesap, Golden Delicious, Redcort, Macintosh, Cortland and Red Delicious.  Heirloom apples available now are Baldwin, Stayman and Yellow Newton and Golden Russet.

Grampa Tony's cider (not pasteurized) now has 18 varieties in each pressing!

As we rest and reflect on Thanksgiving Day, we'll think of all of you who go out of your way to come to our farm.  Thank you for your purchases and encouragement. 

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

 

November 15, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving......the baked goods order forms are being taped up all over the house and we're gearing up for an extra cider pressing to accommodate the demand.  We have a good stock of baked applesauce for your holiday table or if you need a hostess gift. 

Please note  Special Hours for Thanksgiving Week:  Monday and Tuesday 11 - 6, Wednesday 11-7.  We'll be closed on Thanksgiving and Friday Nov. 23.  Back to usual hours on Saturday, the 24th.

There's still time to order baked goods (see order form online at www.applebrookfarm.com); however the deadline is Sunday at 5 PM.  We always have extra pies and crisps which are sold on a first come, first served basis. (Sometimes, even those pies are gone by noon on the day before Thanksgiving!).

Apple varieties available now are Fuji, Braeburn, Jonagold, Winesap, Roxbury Russet, Redcort, Yellow Newton, Northern Spy, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.

In the midst of  all the activity, we're thinking of how grateful we are to all of our customers who support our farm throughout the year.  It's not just the purchases, but the encouragement and interest in our farm which is so important to us.

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

 

November 11 , 2007

Just a quick note to remind you that we are closed on Monday, Nov. 12, even though many of you may have it off to observe Veteran's Day.  Also, we're sorry that we ran out of cider today, but we will have more on Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Please see our website www.applebrookfarm.com for Special Thanksgiving Hours.  You can also see our Thanksgiving Order Form there as well. 

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

 

October 31, 2007

We had a very good turnout for our Heirloom Apple Days.  Well, actually Saturday was a very rainy day, but people made up for it by coming in droves on Sunday. 

We are picking Fuji apples which are very sweet.  they will be available by Saturday.  Varieties available now are Braeburn, Redcort, Gala, Empire, Liberty, Jonagold, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Jonathan.  Heirloom varieties which are ready now are Northern Spy, Baldwin, Stayman, Winesap, Roxbury Russet, Golden Russet and Yellow Newton.

We will be taking orders for Thanksgiving starting Nov. 1.  Our order form will be up on our website soon.  You can't actually buy items through the site, it's just there for information.  We're happy to accept email, phone or in person orders.

We are now prepared to accept MasterCard and Visa payments.  We found a system which is very easy to use.  Many of our customers use credit and debit cards all the time, so we are happy to offer this service.

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

 

October 26, 2007

It's time for our Heirloom Apple Days this Saturday and Sunday. We're open Sat and Sun from 11 - 5, closed Mon and Tues and open Wed - Fri 11 - 6. We'll be tasting our old varieties: Northern Spy, Baldwin, Golden Russet, Stayman, Winesap and Yellow Newton.  We grow other old varieties but they are harvested earlier in the season and are already sold out.

Varieties available this week are Braeburn, Gala, Liberty, Redcort,   Empire, Jonathan, Spartan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Macintosh and Cortland.

Special events for this week-end are an exhibit of Helene Voto's reproduction doll quilts, cards and prints of Nancy Master's art work (including 8 new designs for this year) will be available, and our daughter D'Arcy--here on a visit-- will be demonstrating a wrapping technique called "furoshiki", (Items of all shapes and sizes can be covered with a single square of fabric in this environmentally friendly method which originated in Japan.)

Luann has created a new apple cake which we will be sampling.  These cakes will be sold baked for a very easy country treat.

We're continuing to press Grampa Tony's cider.  Our cider as most of you know is not pasteurized.

As I am writing this I realize how busy we are so this note will be short and sweet. 

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

 

October 19, 2007

The leaves have finally started to show their beautiful autumn colors.  The farm is just glowing with all the reds, golds, oranges and shades in between.  We still have some varieties on the trees and they will really be helped by the rain which is pouring down on them right now.

Varieties available this week are Macoun, Braeburn, Gala, Liberty, Redcort, Greening, Roxbury Russet, Empire, Jonathan, Spartan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Macintosh and Cortland.

Luann has begun making her baked applesauce.  This fall favorite is sold canned in one quart jars which make a wonderful gift.  That is, if you can bear to give it away once you've tasted it on oatmeal or ice cream!

We're on Pressing #5 of our cider this week.  There are 18 varieties in this pressing.

If you are still in need of pumpkins or gourds for decorating, please stop by.  This year's crop has been really outstanding--We have orange, white and peach colored Cinderella pumpkins.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the Heirloom Apple Days on Sat and Sun October 27 and 28.  Apple tasting, cake tasting, doll quilt exhibit, new cards and prints by Nancy Masters--there's something for everyone.

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

 

October 12, 2007

Have you been listening to the songbirds that are flying south through our area?  They sound so beautiful as they go about their days, enriching our environment with their delightful songs.

Apple varieties available now are Macoun, Honeycrisp, Gala, Liberty, Empire, Roxbury Russet, Golden Delicious, Redcort, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Spartan.

Luann has been making her delicious cinnamon swirl bread plus oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies for us to sell on Saturdays and Sundays. Of course the cider donuts are still the champs of the "autumn treats" with many fans seeking them out each day.

Just an early note about our heirloom Apple Days which will be on Sat and Sun, October 27 and 28.  Come out to the farm to taste some of the old varieties which we grow .  They will include Winesap, Roxbury Russet, Northern Spy, Yellow Newton, Baldwin, Stayman and Golden Russet.   You can hold a piece of history in your hand and taste the same varieties of apples that our ancestors ate so many years ago.

We'll be featuring a new apple cake which Luann is making for us as well as trying out samples of her cookies (including molasses).   

We'll also have an exhibit of doll quilts displayed in decorative vignettes created by Helene Voto of East Windsor.  Cards and prints of vintage vehicles, barns and landscapes by Nancy Masters will be available for sale.

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

PS  Hours for Sales are Wed - Fri 11 - 6, Sat and Sun 11 - 5...Closed Mon and Tues

 

October 5, 2007

Although we are usually closed on Mondays, we will be open this Monday, Columbus Day, from 11 - 6.  We will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 9.  Regular hours for sales are Wed - Fri 11 - 6, Sat and Sun 11 - 5.  We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays,

Apple varieties available now are Macoun, Honeycrisp, Gala, Liberty, Roxbury Russet, Redcort, Macintosh, Jonamac, Cortland, Jonathan, Red Delicious and Spartan.  We should have Empires and Golden Delicious ready by Saturday.

We are making Press #3 of Grampa Tony's cider today.  Luann is creating her apple pies and crisps which we sell frozen unbaked and plans to add a few extra baked goodies this week-end. 

One benefit of the hot, dry weather is that our pumpkin and gourd crops look beautiful this year. We grew orange, white and "Cinderella" pumpkins.  The "Cinderella" pumpkins are a pale, peach color which can add a subtle, old fashioned tone to your decorating projects.  They mix very well with dried flower arrangements.

This year's harvest weather has been so unusual with the heat going on and on.  Please know that we are making great efforts to keep our apples crisp and tasty for you.  Keeping apples as cold as possible makes a huge difference.  Please remember to store apples in your refrigerator until just before you want to use them.  No decorative fruit bowls until things cool off if you want to preserve crispness!

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

 

September 28, 2007

Here's the news many have been waiting for....we've started to harvest the Macouns!  The apples are of good size and taste great; however we don't have a large crop this season.  We have a good amount, but not a large supply.  Now that the hot temperatures have finally cooled off a bit, it's time to harvest other varieties as well.  Starting Saturday in addition to the Macouns we will have Liberty, Roxbury Russet, Honeycrisp, Gala, Redcort, Macintosh, Ginger Gold, Jonamac, Cortland, Red Delicious and Spartan.

We are stocked up on Luann's pies and crisps made with our apples as well as some of her delicious oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies.

Cider donuts....chocolate, pumpkin and chocolate walnut fudge....pumpkins(orange, white or peach colored) are being harvested from our fields....Cider press #2.... lot is happening here at the farm.

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

 

September 22, 2007

Just a short and sweet note as things are really reaching warp speed at the farm.  We made our first pressing of Grampa Tony's cider yesterday.  This press has 11 varieties of apples in it. Our cider is not pasteurized.  We use only tree picked, refrigerated apples for this delicious treat.

Apple varieties available now are Honeycrisp(at last!), Gala, Redcort, Ginger Gold, Gravenstein, Cortland, Macintosh, Spartan, and Jonathan.  We know everyone has their favorite apples, but please ask for a sample of any apple you aren't familiar with...you might find something to add to your list!

We have stocked up on Luann's pies and crisps made with our apples.  They are an entertainment insurance item as they can happily sleep in your freezer until unexpected company arrives.  Well, actually guests you expect will like them as well!

Hours for sales are Wed-Fri 11-6, Sat & Sun 11-5.  We're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; however we will be open on Columbus Day which is a Monday.

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

PS We're temporarily sold out of honey...more soon.

 

September 13, 2007

The pace is picking up here as more apple varieties are ripening and our farm products are being created especially for you.  Luann's frozen unbaked pies and crisps made with our apples will be available from Saturday, Sept. 15 on.

There's a lot of behind the scenes work here....One of the favorite tasks is cutting up the fudge (chocolate, chocolate walnut and pumpkin) which has just been sent in large pans from Ye Olde Pepper Candy Company.  Not hard to guess why that job is so popular!

Apple varieties available this week are Gala, Ginger Gold, Redcort, Summer Rambeau, Jonamac, Macintosh, Paulared, Spartan(available Sat.), and the ever popular Assorted Thirds. 

Cider donut fans are coming out to the farm to enjoy this tasty treat.

Cider lovers just need to continue to be patient..........You know we'll press when we have the correct mix of apples.

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

 

September 05, 2007

It really is time to come back to the farm.......If you're thinking summertime, our lush blueberry crop just keeps getting tastier and tastier.  If you're thinking apples, this Friday we will have Macintosh, Gala, Ginger Gold, Gravenstein, Summer Rambeau,Paulared and Assorted Thirds available. 

Please note our new hours for sales:  Wednesday - Friday 11 - 6, Saturday and Sunday 11 - 5, closed Monday and Tuesday.  We changed our schedule so that we could get all of our harvest and behind the scenes work done.

Just a reminder:  Apple pies will not be available until Sept. 15.  Luann made some Family and Mini apple crisps with Ginger Golds before she left for vacation.

We'll have freshly made cider donuts on Sat. and Sun. beginning on Sat., Sept. 8.  During the week we'll be selling frozen cider donuts.

We rarely see our customers during the off season so it will be fun to reconnect with all of our loyal apple lovers to hear the stories.... of your travels, your gardens, your pet's antics and other news. 

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

 

Agust 30, 2007

Blueberries and butterflies, early apples and herons.....it's late summertime at the farm!  We are opening for a week of Self-serve Days on Friday, August 31.  During that time you can stop by between 10 AM and 6 PM to purchase our Lateblue blueberries (no sprays applied) which are just getting fully ripe and tasty.

We'll have Paulared and Ginger Gold on Friday, adding Macintosh on Saturday.   Call us at 654-1590 or email us for updated variety info.  We will be picking more varieties shortly.

Blueberries and apples will be kept chilled in the sales barn which has just been painted a luscious shade of deep red.

Freshly frozen cider donuts will be available now.....we'll start having fresh donuts on Saturday Sept. 8.

Regular sales hours will begin Friday, Sept. 7.  We'll be open Wed - Fri 11 - 6, Sat & Sun 11 - 5 and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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

PS. Luann is on vacation so we will have to wait until mid September for pies and crisps.  We'll start pressing cider in late September

 

 
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