Meet Brad and Jackie Erovick of CherryShack Orchard!
CherryShack Orchard is located just down the road from my house and boasts more apple varieties than you've probably ever heard of. More than 30 in all.
McIntosh, Spartan, Golden Delicious, Ida Red, Green Gravenstein, Red Gravenstein, Ginger Gold (My favorite!), Early Gold, and many many more.
CherryShack is truly a family run orchard, with everything they sell coming straight from their farm. Brad keeps busy year round managing the orchard, pruning trees, maintaining the land, pressing cider and so on. Brad's dad, Bill, runs the orchard store:
Brad's mom, Marilyn, makes all the jams, syrups, pies, caramel apples, and helps Brad with the cider pressing:
Recently I was so excited to discover they sell a huge variety of vintage potato sacks! You can do so many great things with them. I stuffed one full of straw, stapled the open end closed, and use it for a cushion on a straw bale. The perfect fall porch seating! We also took one and covered a cork board for a great message board at their store.
Fresh-pressed cider is in high demand here and during the fall, they press about four times a week, producing hundreds of gallons of cider. Did you know it takes about 14 pounds of apples to make one gallon of cider? I really like that they pasturize using UV light, rather than through a heating process. I think more nutrients are retained that way. Here is what the pulp looks like after pressing:
The pulp is used for things like chicken feed and compost. Nothing goes to waste here.
In addition to the more than 30 varieties of apples that are grown here, they also grow apricots, cherries, pears, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and other assorted vegetables.
You can find contact information for CherryShack Orchard by clicking here.
You can find them on facebook by clicking here.
God bless the farmers - the men and women who work the land to make our country the beautiful and fertile place it is today. You can read more on my Meet the Farmer series by clicking here.