Applebrook Farm


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Oct 01, 2009
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January 01, 2010

This is the annual Applebrook Farm quiz show message.  
To make it easier, all the questions are answered with YES! 

  • Do we wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year? 
  • Are we still open for sales?
  • Are we Closing for the Season Sunday, Jan. 10 at 5PM? 
  • Are we still pressing Grampa Tony's cider? 
  • Is our cider not pasteurized?
  • Do we have Braeburns, Granny Smith, Winesap, Empire, Macintosh and Red Delicious apples available? 
  • Do we have Assorted Thirds? 
  • Should you order baked goods by Sunday, Jan. 3?
  • Should you order cider donuts or cider if you plan to come on Sunday, Jan. 10? 
  • Did we buy too much honey from our beekeeper? 
  • Is the honey on sale at 25% off?
  • Are we open Wed - Fri 11 - 6, Sat and Sun 11 - 5? 
  • Are we closed Mon and Tues?
  • Do we hope to see you at the farm soon?

Tom and Sharon Muska,
Growers and Cider Pressers

December 18, 2009

We will be open next week Dec. 21 - Dec. 24 from 11 - 6 daily, not open Christmas Day, reopening Sat., Dec. 26.

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you place orders for Christmas frozen baked goods by Sunday evening.  We're not being pushy; however, we are keeping a close eye on inventory as Christmas isn't Thanksgiving in terms of baked goods. Starting Monday items will be sold on a first come basis.

Apples available now are Macoun Seconds, Braeburn, Jonagold, Empire, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.  Our heirloom varieties are Winesap and Northern Spy.

We are continuing to press Grampa Tony's cider.  We've already pressed several hundred more gallons than last year.  The cupboard has a good supply of honey in case you are in need of stocking presents or office gifts. 

Don't forget cookies for Santa and the reindeer!

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

December 11, 2009

We know that things are getting busier for the holidays so this week we have a quick read update:

1.  Where are the apples?  Don't panic if you don't see any in the barn.  When it is very cold which is the case at the present time, we put the apples on display in the salesroom. Apples available now are Macoun Seconds, Braeburn, Jonagold, Empire, Granny Smith, Liberty, Cortland, Macintosh, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.  Our heirloom apples are Northern Spy and Winesap.

2.  Deadline for Christmas orders for baked goods is Monday, Dec. 21. Our order form is on our website or you can call us at 860 654 1590.

3.   Extended hours for Christmas week:  Open Mon - Thur 11 - 6... not open Christmas Day...
re-opening Sat. 12/26.  A calendar on the homepage of our website has updated hours for sales.

4.  How long will we be open?  That's an interesting question.  We are planning to close for the season on Sunday Jan. 3, but that can be pushed ahead to Jan. 10 if we have snowy conditions between now and then.

5.  Cider: We're pressing today and will have enough apples to press about 240 gallons more gallons before we close in January.

6.  We will continue to get cider donuts freshly made on Sat and Sun. until we close (unless there are dangerous road conditions). Donuts are sold frozen during the week.

7.  Our beekeeper brought a new supply of honey late last week. 

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

December 03, 2009

Remember the old question, "So what have you done for me lately?".  Well, one thing that we have done for you lately is to place our tree orders for next spring.  We are going to be planting Cameo, Honeycrisp, Royal Empire, Shizuka, Pink Lady and SnowSweet.

As the holidays approach please remember to order whatever you want either with our online order form or by calling us at 860-654-1590.  It's nice to have a family or party crisp on hand in your freezer for unexpected company.

Apple varieties available now are Macoun Seconds, Braeburn, Empire, Granny Smith, Liberty, Jonagold,
Redcort Seconds, Cortland, Macintosh, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.  Heirloom varieties are Northern Spy and Winesap.  You can order a 40 lb. box of Assorted Thirds for $30.00.

We expect to make Grampa Tony's unpasteurized cider weekly during December.  Did you know that you can ship frozen gallons of cider to your friends across the country?  It's best to ship on a Monday so you have Dec. 7 and 14 as the last dates you could be sure of delivery if it's a Christmas gift.

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

November 25, 2009

At this time of Thanksgiving we want to let you know how grateful we are for the support that you give to our family farm both in purchases and in encouragement.  Through your questions and comments we know that you are interested in the "behind the scenes" aspects of what we do year round to produce the best apples we can for your enjoyment. This year we are especially thankful for all the prayers and concern you have expressed for Tom as he recovers from his illness.  He has had three excellent CT scans since he finished his chemo treatments.

Just a reminder, we won't be open on Thanksgiving Day or Friday Nov. 27.  We'll re-open for regular hours on Sat., Nov. 28.  What are our regular hours?  Check our website for a calendar on the homepage.

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

November 19, 2009

Here at the farm our trees are shedding their leaves and beginning a well deserved rest from their production of over 1300 bushels of apples. 

If you wish to order frozen unbaked pies or crisps, cider, cider donuts, cookies or bread, please go to our website www.applebrookfarm to see what is available.  The deadline for orders is Sunday the 22nd at 5pm.
After that items will be sold on a first come basis. 

Should you order Grampa Tony's non pasteurized cider?  Yes!  We will have a good supply but you don't want to be disappointed if there's none left for you.

We have special sales hours for the week of Thanksgiving.  We will be open Mon, Tues and Wed 11 - 6, not open Thanksgiving Day or Friday, Nov. 27.  We will reopen for our regular hours on Saturday, Nov 28.  You can always check the calendar on the homepage of our website.

Apple varieties available now are Macoun, Braeburn, Liberty, Gala, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Empire, Redcort, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.  Heirloom varieties include Northern Spy, Baldwin, Stayman and Winesap.

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

November 06, 2009

Some of our customers have been lamenting the fact that the holidays are being hyped on television already.  Well, we're happy to report that we are still firmly anchored in the apple harvest season here at the farm.  Fuji is the newest apple, picked just a few days ago.  It is sweet and juicy.  We also have one more variety left to pick!  Our beekeeper was here yesterday to bring in more jars of his delicious local honey.  We have been passing along compliments to him expressed by people who are praising its quality.  We sell honey in 8 oz., one lb. and 2 lb. jars.

Apple varieties available now are Macoun (still crispy due to the abundant rain they slurped up earlier in the season), Braeburn, Gala, Liberty, Jonagold, Redcort, Empire, Cortland, Macintosh, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious PLUS our heirlooms, Northern Spy, Baldwin, Stayman, Golden Russet and Winesap.

We are continuing to press Grampa Tony's unpasteurized cider.  If you want a large quantity of cider for freezing, please call ahead 860 654 1590 or use our online order form which is on our website

You can use that order form anytime to make sure items are here when you want to pick them up.
Well, it's time to cut some bittersweet for decorating...........

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

October 30, 2009

Yes, we know Halloween is all about candy but just in case you are interested in apples here's a list of what's  waiting at the farm.............Heirloom varieties:  Northern Spy, Baldwin, Winesap, Stayman and Golden Russet.  Other varieties: Macoun, Braeburn, Gala, Liberty, Empire, Jonagold, Redcort, Jonathan, Cortland, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.  We are taking orders for our 40 lb. boxes of Assorted Thirds which sell for $30.00.  We usually ask for 3 days notice to get these boxes ready.

We made Pressing #8 of Grampa Tony's non pasteurized cider yesterday.  That cider had 20 varieties of apples in it.  Now is the time to think about freezing cider (if you haven't started already).  We expect to press into the winter so there's no rush, but it's always good to plan ahead.

Speaking of planning ahead, our order form will be up on our website soon. 

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

October15, 2009

The question "How long will you be open?" has begun hanging out at the farmstand.  Because our sales areas are small, many people don't realize that our crop of 1300+ bushels is being preserved in 3 large cold storage rooms in our cider mill barn.

With 5 more varieties of apples to pick, we have miles to go before we sleep.  We will definitely be open until the first of the year and maybe week-ends during January. Just look at the calendar on the homepage of our website for sales hours.  Regarding cider, we number the caps of each batch with #6 being pressed tomorrow.  We usually go to #16 or more so you can see that we are far from being closed for the season!

Just a save the date note:  We will be having our very informal Heirloom Apple Days on October 24 and 25.  During that time you can taste old varieties that our ancestors used to enjoy including Baldwin, Winesap, Stayman, Golden Russet,Northern Spy and Yellow Newton.  Hope you can stop by to hold a piece of history in your hand.

The heirloom varieties will be for sale starting October 24-25.

This week we harvested Braeburn and Golden Delicious.  Other apples available are Macoun, Honeycrisp, Gala, Liberty, Jonagold, Redcort, Empire, Jonathan, Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and the ever popular Assorted Thirds.  

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

October 09, 2009

Once upon a time there were two farmers who became so busy during harvest season that they didn't have time to compose a coherent, comprehensive email update.  This is that time! 

Apples are selling fast and furiously, Grampa Tony's cider(unpasteurized) is flowing out the door like a delicious river, cider donuts are merrily rolling on their way into cars, vans, on to motorcycles and bicycles......pies,crisps and cookies, honey and  fudge........You get the picture!

One thing to note this week is that we will be open Columbus Day 11 - 6. 

Apple varieties available now are Macoun, Honeycrisp, Gala, Jonagold, Redcort, Empire, Liberty, Jonathan, Cortland, Macintosh and Red Delicious.

Notice anything missing?  Some varieties are sold out and some are still ripening on the trees (even after the windy conditions of this week)!

Thanks to everyone who has sent friends, co-workers and complete strangers to the farm.  Your help makes the farm grow.............

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

October 01, 2009

The musical play Camelot has a line in one of its songs which goes "The rain may never fall till after sundown.."  Well, sometimes it rains here at the farm during the hours that we are open for sales.  If this happens, we are open rain or shine making accommodations so that you can shop in relative comfort.  If rain happens on a Saturday or a Sunday, we move the apple display into our pavilion which is large enough to keep both apples and customers dry. During the week when we have less customers, the apple boxes can be put into our red sales barn so you can select apples in dry conditions. 

Apple varieties available this week are Macoun, Honeycrisp, Northern Spy, Ginger Gold, Gala, Empire,Redcort, Jonathan, Liberty, Cortland, Macintosh, Jonamac, Spartan and Assorted Thirds.  We have at least 10 more varieties to go.............

We're making Grampa Tony's cider which is not pasteurized.  Lots of people are happy about that. 

You know that we are usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but we will be open on Columbus Day from 11 to 6.  That's a special Monday which usually comes with beautiful fall foliage to admire on the ride to the farm.

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

September 24, 2009

It's time to stop asking the eternal question "When will the Macouns be ready?".  It's time, they're ready!  We're also going to be making our first pressing of Grampa Tony's cider which will be available on Saturday, the 26th.

Just a reminder... our cider is not pasteurized. Other apple varieties for sale are Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, Gala, Redcort, Jonathan, Liberty, Gravenstein, Cortland, Macintosh, Jonamac, Spartan and Assorted Thirds.

Fudge from Ye Olde Pepper Candy Co. has arrived.  We're selling pumpkin, chocolate and chocolate walnut.  Pies and crisps made with our apples are waiting in the freezer and cider donuts are freshly made on Saturday and Sunday and frozen during the week.

Time to go put the labels on the cider containers............

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

September 17, 2009

With all the news about twittering as a method of communication, we're experiencing the twittering world here at the farm compliments of the many birds who are populating the orchard.  It almost sounds like spring as we listen to the migrating songbirds while picking apples. 

This week our newly harvested apple varieties are Cortland and Liberty. They're joining Ginger Gold, Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Gravenstein, Gala, Jonamac, Redcort and Spartan. Of course the ever popular Assorted Thirds are holding their own fan fest.

Due to the large number of customers who came on our opening week-end, we are stocking up with extra cider donuts and Luann will be creating more frozen apple pies and crisps. Fudge (chocolate, chocolate walnut and pumpkin) will be available starting Saturday.  We have local honey as well.

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

PS Cider is coming soon, we promise. 

September 10, 2009

It's finally time to come back to the farm!  In past years we have been opening on the week-end after Labor Day which this year is Sept. 12!  It may seem late, but the up side is that we have more varieties of apples harvested for you: Ginger Gold, Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Gravenstein, Gala, Jonamac, Redcort and Spartan! 

Luann has started making frozen apple pies and crisps and of course we will have cider donuts and local honey.  

We'll be open Wed - Fri 11 - 6, Sat & Sun 11- 5, Closed Mon and Tues.  There's a calendar on the homepage of our website so you can check hours for sales easily. 

Please continue to call 860 654 1590 for updated apple info or to place orders as we are still learning how to put real time info on our website!

We'll start pressing Grampa Tony's cider in late September. 

Hope to see you soon,
Tom and Sharon

PS You may receive a postcard with this info in the mail.  Every year we have some emails returned as people change internet providers.  We just didn't want to lose you! 

July 27, 2009

Due to all the media stories about the difficulties farmers are having this very rainy year, we want to let you know that things are fine here at the farm.  Our apple trees and blueberry bushes are doing well with the extra rain. Fortunately so far we haven't received the amount of precipitation that other areas of the state have endured. There is a good fruit set on most varieties. We're not overconfident.....there's still the potential for hail and hurricane weather.......... 

 We're taking good care of your apples,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers

PS Tom is doing well. 

May 27, 2009

As many of you know, Tom had emergency surgery in December to remove an enlarged spleen which contained lymphoma cells.  He has had 6 chemotherapy treatments since then.

Recently, a follow-up PET scan done three months after an initial good result, showed "no evidence of disease" so his doctor said the chemo is finished!  Tom has to go for a PET scan in three months to monitor things, but the treatments seem to have knocked out the few lymphoma cells that weren't taken out with the spleen. 

We are very grateful for everyone’s concern, support, prayers and volunteer hours helping with farm work.
It has come to our attention that there are questions about whether Tom will be able to continue farming.  We are happy to let you know that his strength is returning and he is almost back to his old self!

We would appreciate it if you would be our “press agents” in case you hear someone asking about if we will be open for sales this year.  Our crop looks very good with not freezing temperatures during bloom time and wonderful pollination. 

We are planning to open for the season, God willing, on the Saturday after Labor Day,  September 12, for sales of our apples, cider donuts and Luann’s baked goods.  We anticipate beginning to press Grampa Tony’s in late September or early October.

Tom and Sharon Muska,
Growers and Cider Pressers


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