We’ve reached a year living in our new hometown, and one of our favorite places in the ‘hood is Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchard. The Sweetser family has operated their orchard since 1812, so they know a thing or two about apples!
Sweetser’s is special because there is no other place we know that offers an instantaneous apple education. The minute you enter the charming roadside building, you’ll spot a cubby full of popular and heirloom apples. Just behind that cubby, is a sign describing each and every apple offered that day and the year of its origin.
While you can’t pick directly from Sweetser’s orchard, you get to peruse all kinds of apples (to date, the family grows 50 varieties). Rommy Holman, the shop manager, recommends buying one of each variety to bring home. “If you like your choices, you can come back for more,” she says. During a recent visit, our family chose sweet Galas, tart Red Spies, giant Winesaps, and Macouns. Rommy gave us a marker and some paper bags so we could write the names of our selections.
Selfishly, we wish Sweetser’s stayed open year-round. It’s our go-to spot on the drive home for delicious breads from Standard Baking Co., cheeses, local flowers and veggies. But for now, we’ll savor this special neighborhood market that celebrates all we adore about autumn!