North Star Orchard Blog

Are you an early adopter as well as a Foodie? Then you’re going to LOVE this!

NEW this season from North Star Orchard: home-bred and home-grown bananas from one of Pennsylvania’s most unique orchards!

Welcome to "Warm Winter #2" (the implied #1 herein referred to being last winter, 2016).

Here at NSO, we're starting to get a bunch of questions about tree health due to the weather being so warm. So, here goes some info - dive in as little or as much as you'd like to! (Note: a post-snow update is at the bottom of this post!)

"Captain, although primitive, this forcefield is nontheless quite effective against larger pest species from the rodent family."

"Indeed, Dr. McCoy" replied Mr. Spock. "It would be logical at this juncture to confer with the natives of this area for assistance with this challenge."

By request of many, we've now a virtual tour, of sorts, of the farm!

In 90 seconds, get a feel for what NSO looks like both from a bird's eye view and closeup as various harvest activities take place in late summer and fall.

Thanks to Chris Ruch for the excellent video.

You know that stuff you drink in fall that's made of apples? What IS that stuff? Cider? Juice? What's the difference? Ah, welcome, my friend, to the wonderful and wacky world of history, the English language, and modern technology.

Every school child learns the romanticized story of Johnny Appleseed. Every adult (should) know the real story of Johnny Appleseed. That all those seeds he planted were for pressing cider, not eating fresh out-of-hand, and of course, that cider was the hard, alcoholic stuff.

So, back in the day, "cider" meant an alcoholic beverage (there's your truncated history). And in many countries of the world today (here's where the English language comes in), "cider" still means an alcoholic beverage. Which is why we get some mighty interesting questions from time to time from foreigners when they visit our stand and purchase our cider.

There may not be much more to be said about Gold Rush that you don’t know already, but we’ll give it a try with a bit of interesting apple history...

With more than 300 apple varieties to choose from, it's pretty clear that NSO is passionate about all things APPLE! Applesauce, apple butter, apple cider, and apple information. We know how to grow them, how to pick them, how to store them, and how to get them to you.

Now we have a few more interesting tidbits to add to YOUR apple knowledge:

As you have probably noticed by now, NSO does not have many (if any) apple varieties that you have ever seen in the grocery store or even at most other farm stands! We want our apples to not only look great but taste even better, so we spend lots of time selecting (and by that I mean tasting lots of apples - good and bad) which apples to grow for you.
 
Here is a break down of the top ten highest selling apples in the U.S. compared to our top ten best sellers:
 

Just when you were thinking "Darn it, there's no fun holiday on the horizon until Halloween...", here's some great news: THIS SATURDAY (September 17th) is International Eat An Apple Day! Yes...it is a real thing

Oh...how to celebrate, is the question? And on such short notice, too! Well, easy peasy; here's a list of SIX easy and delicious ideas!

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