Due to the popularity of this annual harvest event, Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT, has extended Heirloom Apple Day, now in its 17th year, to two days on Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14 from 9-4pm!
Apple lovers of all ages are invited to come to Heirloom Apple Days and visit the 571-acre historic farm and orchard to experience some of the 130 varieties of heirloom apples grown there—fresh, baked and squeezed!
In addition to the popular heirloom apple talks and tastings, dry stone wall tours by The Stone Trust, and food vendors; new activities are in store for families such as make-your-own caramel apples and a scavenger hunt.
At the 10 AM and 1 PM talks offered both days, Scott Farm’s Orchardist Zeke Goodband entertains guests with the enlightening history of the orchard, in cultivation since 1791, and its ecologically-grown fine fruits, accompanied by an introduction to and complimentary tasting of some of the heirloom apples in season. Old World and Early American varieties such as Reine des Reinettes, a French apple from the 1700s, Blue Pearmain, a New England apple dating back to the 1700s, and Knobbed Russet, a lumpy russeted apple from the early 1800s, sometimes known as “old maid winter”—exciting flavors that offer a new perspective on what an apple can taste like! Following the talks and tastings, guests can fill bags with their favorite selections, all available for purchase.
According to Scott Farm’s operation manager Kelly Carlin, “This is our favorite time of the year, when we get to share these amazing apple varieties and their interesting stories with customers new and old. “
Visitors can also pick their own apples in the PYO orchard or find them in the Farm Market, along with heirloom cider, fruit pies, jams, and other Vermont-made specialty products.
On Sunday, October 13 festival goers may also want to stop by the 50th Annual Apple Pie Festival, just down the road in Dummerston Center, a Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
For more information visit https://scottfarmvermont.com/heirloom-apples/heirloom-apple-days/, call 802-254-6868, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain or shine. No pets please. The Scott Farm Market, located at 707 Kipling Rd in Dummertson, VT is open daily 9 – 5 through November 29, and you-pick apples are available into October.
Established in 1791 when George Washington was serving his first term as President, Scott Farm consists of 571 acres and 23 buildings, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1995 the Vermont non-profit Landmark Trust USA took over the farm. The Trust has since restored many of the buildings, and under the guidance of Orchardist Zeke Goodband, has converted the orchard from conventionally-grown McIntosh to more than 130 ecologically- grown heirloom and uncommon apple varieties. The farm also grows peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, grapes, cherries, blueberries, figs, ginger, currants, quince, medlars, gooseberries, and hops. Four authentically restored historic vacation rental homes, surrounding the farm, are available for short- or long-term self-catered stays throughout the year. Details at https://landmarktrustusa.org/
Photo credit: Kelly Fletcher Photography