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December 23, 2012

We usually are able to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in person, but this year we closed early due to our small crop.

2012 was an extremely stressful and difficult year for many people so we are happy to bid it good-bye.

It's our hope that 2013 brings health, happiness and peace to all..............

Sincerely,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers and Cider Pressers

November 01, 2012

Hope everything is fine with you and yours after Sandy paid her visit. Just when you think Mother Nature is finished...........

Thank God we had no damage to any trees and only lost power for 51 hours.

We really are closing for the season this Sunday at 5 (hours for sales are Sat and Sun 11 - 5). We have only enough apples to make orders which were previously placed so we won't have any "discretionary" pies or crisps available. We will have Luann's cookies and cider donuts for sale.

We give thanks to all of you for your continued support and encouragement during what was a difficult year.

Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers

October 25, 2012

What a difference a day makes! We have been paying close attention to weather predictions about Storm Sandy and things look quite bad for early next week.

We have decided not to ask Luann to make any frozen apple pies or crisps or cookies this week-end. The potential for a power outage raises memories of the freezer full of her items that we lost last year in the October snowstorm.

We know people will probably be quite busy making preparations, so we have decided that in addition to this weekend (Sat and Sun 11 - 5), we will be open the following weekend closing for the season on Sunday, November 4.

If you do stop by this week-end, we'll have cider donuts and decorative pumpkins and gourds. Next week-end we should be all stocked up with apple pies, crisps and cookies.

Take care,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers

October 24, 2012

The time has come...................We'll be closing for the season this Sunday, 10/28 at 5 PM. Hours for sales are Saturday and Sunday 11 - 5.

It's been another year of downs and ups. First we had our crop freeze which was certainly a down; however the sympathy and encouragement from all of you has brought us up again. The trees didn't sustain any damage and have been growing vigorously, meaning lots of pruning during the winter to get them into shape.

This week-end, as usual, we will have cider donuts freshly made on Saturday and Sunday. If you are planning to buy some for your freezer, please order ahead. It's the only way to make sure that you can have what you want. The donuts freeze well so if you are bringing refreshments to work for Halloween, cider donuts might be just the thing.

Luann will be back from her short vacation so there will be apple pies and crisps, plus cookies for your freezer and cupboard. To avoid disappointment, please place an order by Thursday night so we can have items made for you. We'll have some extra, so if you want to take your chances..................

Still need pumpkins or gourds for decorating? We have some from our crop which might be just what you need.

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

October 18, 2012

We're been waiting a long time to say this: We'll have Winesap apples for sale starting this Saturday. We picked a small amount today (which is all we had). We don't know how long they will be available depending on demand. Please check our phone line 860 654 1590 as we will update our message as soon as they sell out...probably quite soon as we harvested only about 120 lbs total.

Cider donuts will be freshly made on Saturday and Sunday. We'll also have Luann's pies and crisps (no mini crisps this week-end but we will have Party and Family sizes) made with our apples. Want to treat yourself to some cookies? We'll have Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, Molasses and Oatmeal freshly baked in Luann's ovens.

Farm grown pumpkins and gourds have been harvested and are ready for your fall decorating projects.

Hours for Sales are Saturday and Sunday 11 - 5.

We will be closing for the season on Sunday, October 28 at 5 PM.

We just won't have anything left to sell and will be starting to plan and work towards a better harvest for next year.

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

October 11, 2012

Promises, promises, really aren't very satisfactory week after week.......We understand that... but promises are all we have to offer this year. No apples again this coming week-end. We expect to be able to pick at least one variety for the week-end of Oct 20-21. This week-end we will continue with cider donuts, plus Luann's cookies and frozen, unbaked pies and crisps made with our apples.

We're carefully covering the pumpkins and gourds with blankets to keep them from freezing during the cold temps predicted for Friday night. Our apple firewood can certainly warm things up in your fireplace or stove.

Stay warm,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers

October 04, 2012

Once again this coming week-end we won't have any apples for sale. The varieties which would be ripening now just aren't here this season. The trees, however, are fine and we want you to know that given normal conditions they will be able to produce a crop in 2013.

So it's a weekend for cider donuts, Luann's cookies, pies and crisps made with our apples, pumpkins, gourds and apple firewood........

We'll be open Sat and Sun 11 - 5......

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

September 27, 2012

Remember the old song which went something like this: "Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today"? Well, this is the week-end we warned you about. The song right now is "Yes, we have no apples this week-end, we have no apples.....but wait!"

It's true that we are "between varieties" for this week-end but we have hopes for coming week-ends with thoughts of small amounts of Winesaps, Golden Delicious, Cameos and Fujis.

What will we have? Sunflowers...Cider Donuts...Tom Fox, Rouge d'Etampes and Baby Bear pumpkins... Gourds of many colors and shapes... Cookies (We promise to ask Luann to make more so the Sunday people don't face a bare cupboard.)... Pies and crisps made by Luann with our apples... Just 2 Bolga baskets left ...Apple firewood from our orchard....

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

September 19, 2012

There is a little confusion about whether we will have cider this year. The answer, unfortunately, is that we will not be pressing any cider due to the small amount of apples we have. We lost the crop of over 15 varieties completely, and the mix of apples that Tom carefully assembles will not be possible this year. We are having our cider donuts made using Buell's cider. Hopefully, Mother Nature will move on to other activities and not take away our apples next year!

Apples available this week will be Redcort and Red Delicious. The Red Delicious crop is small, but it looks terrific. We'd love to be able to debrief the apples on how so many of that variety were able to survive! In coming week-ends we will have 3 more varieties available for sale. Tom is calling us Skimpybrook Farm this year!

It's getting closer to fall decorating time so we will be starting to arrange our display of pumpkins and gourds by this weekend. In addition to the traditional orange pumpkins, we'll have the deeply red Rouge d'Etampes, plus Baby Bears, white pumpkins, Daisy, and traditional gourds.

Our sunflowers are still blooming beautifully....................

Luann's cookies are going off to lunchboxes and cookie jars and her frozen pies and crisps made with our apples are available as well.

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

September 13, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out last weekend to purchase the apples that we had, no matter how few.

This week we will have the following varieties: Liberty, Jonathan, Redcort and Macintosh. The pumpkins are looking good and we expect to have some harvested and available for you from the 22nd on to Halloween.

Our sunflowers are providing a gastronomic treat for every bumble bee, honeybee and butterfly in north central Connecticut (or so it seems)!

Luann's cookies will be in the cupboard and frozen crisps made with our apples will be in the freezer.

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

September 05, 2012

We will be opening for the season this Saturday, Sept. 8. That's the good news. Now comes the "Mother Nature did our crop in again" part. Remember last March, the warmest March in 100 years? Those conditions caused rapid advancement of the fruit buds. In early April some varieties were in bloom, much earlier than the customary early-May time frame. In April the weather seesawed between very warm and freezing temperatures (mid-20s).

This left us with no crop on most of the trees and very little on the remaining ones. On June 30 we had a hailstorm which hit half of the apples we did have left.

So, what does that mean to you?

This year will be different but there was no permanent damage to the trees and we can see the fruit buds for next year's crop.

To deal with this situation we will be open for sales only on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-5. We will not be open during the week.

This Saturday we will have some Ginger Gold, Gala, Macintosh and Redcort apples which we will be selling as Seconds only. Other varieties will be coming along but there may be some gaps when we will be temporarily out of apples.

We don't have all of the varieties we need to make the quality of cider you expect so this will probably be a year without cider.

Of course we will have cider donuts made with Buell's cider, freshly made on Saturdays and Sundays. Luann will start baking cookies and making frozen family and mini apple crisps for this weekend. Pies and Party crisps will be added later. Our pumpkin crop is fantastic this year (Rouge d'Etampes, Baby Bear, Daisy Gourds etc.) and we are experimenting with growing late season sunflowers in deeper, more autumnal tones.

To end on a more positive note, we're temporarily down but not out. We are continuing to plant new varieties and to increase plantings of your favorites.

Hope to see you at the farm on Saturdays or Sundays,
Tom and Sharon Muska, Growers

P.S. We have a few carefully stored Bolga baskets left from last year. They are the large, round ones and are priced at $25.00 plus tax

 

 

 

 

 
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