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Checking hives

Our bees can’t wait for spring!

At this time of year, we’re checking our hives to make sure they made it through the winter. We caught our bees out flying at 35°F, so they’re ready to go!  Our spring-like winter means it won’t be long for our wildflowers to start popping. We still have honey — and beeswax candles — in stock.

From our farm to you

Beautiful Door County

lavender

We have a variety of lavender for delightful aromas and for crafting from Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County, but our ’23 lavender crop is sold out.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to know when the new crop comes in!

Honey bee on lavender
Apple on stump
Tractor by new apple trees

Think outside the lunchbox

Cider and Heirloom Apples

We have planted more than 30 varieties of cider and heirloom apple varieties.  When the trees comes in to bearing, we will invite you to enjoy eating this rich apple heritage through a subscription to a community-supported share.

Zestar/Minnewashta • A juicy and crisp eating apple from Minnesota.

Cox’s Orange Pippin An orange-red apple that is one of England’s best dessert apples with a fine aroma and complex flavor something like vanilla, pear, and mango.

Belle de Boskoop A crisp, lemony apple with high levels of sugar. From the Netherlands, this is a great baking (and pie!) apple.

Cortland A sweet apple that doesn't brown when cut. Excellent in salads and lunchboxes!

Margil A small apple that feels like velvet. Slight honey flavor.

Macoun A northeastern favorite with floral hints wonderful for fresh eating.

Bramley’s Seedling A juicy, somewhat tangy British fruit with a strong apple flavor. “Melts” when cooked.

Wickson Crab An intense crabapple that is a wonderful for jam and jelly. High in both sugar and acid.

Opalescent Iridescent! Medium to large, crunchy with a hint of strawberry and lilac. Excellent fresh, but cooks and juices well.

Baldwin A crisp eating and cider apple that keeps its shape when baked. Keeps well.

Roxbury Russet This apple sweetens with time, and it is always an excellent baker and cider apple.

Golden Russet An apple with honey-nut flavor that makes good eating and baking, but is excellent in cider.

Arkansas Black An apple with a deep-purple skin and very hard. A favorite in cider.

Blue Pearmain A favorite of Henry David Thoreau, this apple has bluish hues. Dry and crisp flavor that is excellent for baking — though not bad to eat (especially if peeled).

King David A strongly-flavored apple with hints of spice and citrus. Best for pie, sauce, and cider.

Newtown Pippin Queen Victoria was partial to this sweet-tart eating and baking apple. Smells a bit like pine.

These apples are ideal for cider (and definitely not for your lunchbox).

Graniwinkle A cider apple sometimes mixed with Harrison. Very sweet.

Virginia Crab (Hewe’s) A crabapple that was once the mainstay of American cider. Recommended by George Washington, and it tastes a bit like cinnamon.

Herefordshire Redstreak A cider apple first cultivated under Charles I.

Reine des Pommes A traditional French cider apple that blends well with Dabinett. It is high in tannin.

Harrison A prolific, almost perfect cider apple for a single-variety cider.

Bedan des Partes A traditional French bitter-sweet apple for cider blends.

apple blossom

Apple watercolors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pomological Watercolor Collection, Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

We will offer CSA subscriptions for our apples.  They are seasonal, diverse, and cannot be easily found in more traditional venues. (Our honey, candles, and lavender may be purchased directly from our website.)

Cider Blossom Farm • Door County • Wisconsin

Outside the Lunchbox

I’d like info about CSA shares when they are available!

    No commitment now!  Read about CSA and the CSA agreement.  Your information is protected by our Privacy Policy.

    Benefits

    Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to connect to local, seasonal food directly from small, local growers. You subscribe to “shares” from a specific grower (typically) at the beginning of the growing season. At harvest time, you receive your share of the harvest from that grower. CSA has a number of advantages for you.

    • You have a relationship with a particular grower and a particular farm (or orchard, in our case).
    • You have access to local, in-season, and fresh produce that is more diverse than you can find at typical grocery stores.
    • You know the way that grower cares for the crop, manages insects and disease, and delivers the crop to you.
    • You support small farms that grow locally.

    For us, we can care for the crop with confidence and support, knowing that our efforts to produce fresh and high-quality food is valued by subscribers. Further, time is precious during the growing season and the harvest season. CSA relieves some of the uncertainty of selling the crop. CSA also provides us with resources when we need it most — near the beginning of the growing season.

    Shared Risk and Reward

    “Shared risk and reward” is a cornerstone concept of CSA. The grower and the subscriber are in it together! You are an integral part of the process. Unlike typical transactions, CSA shares support the farming that yields the crop. In an abundant year, you can look forward to a bounty of high quality apples (the reward). In years with extreme weather or heavy disease pressure (the risk), you may receive less or even no produce.

    There are typically no refunds on subscriptions — we put in a season’s worth of labor even if a severe late-season hailstorm wipes out the crop. We, like most CSA growers, feel great responsibility to our subscribers. In lean years, CSA subscribers have priority for what crop there is. And at the start of the season, we won’t offer more apple subscriptions than we think we can deliver.

    You can learn more from Local Harvest and the USDA, and please read our community share agreement.

    CSA brings growers and consumer together to share the bounty (and the risks) of the earth. We invite you to join us!

    Cider Blossom Farm • Door County • Wisconsin

    Outside the Lunchbox

    I’d like info about CSA shares when they are available!

      No commitment now!  Read about CSA and the CSA agreement.  Your information is protected by our Privacy Policy.