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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?
A: Apple Cider is just fresh squeezed apples. Apple Juice begins as Cider, and then it is heated to pasteurize the product. This process makes the juice shelf stable, which means it does not need to be refrigerated until opened and it has a long shelf life. Fresh Apple Cider that has not been pasteurized has to be kept refrigerated and it will begin to ferment after about two weeks, eventually becoming Apple Cider Vinegar!
Q: What is Apple Butter?
A: Apple Butter isn't really butter at all, but rather a jam or preserve with a smooth consistency. It is made with Apples, Sugar, and some secret spices and is great for spreading on biscuits, toast, or Apple Fritters.
Q: When is "Apple Season?"
A: Apple season begins in late August with the harvest of a few early varieties, such as Gala, Prime Gold, and Ginger Gold. We really begin to pick most varieties and make fresh cider in September and continue through October. We finish apple harvest with the picking of late season favorites like Granny Smith and Winesap. We store enough apples in our coolers to make fresh cider through Christmas.
Q: Where does the Apple Barn get all those apples?
A: Many of our apples come from our very own orchard right behind the barn! We have over 4,000 semi-dwarf trees in 14 different varieties. Every apple grown on those trees are sold right on the farm. Thanks to the many nice folks that visit us every year, we now need more apples than we can supply, so several local orchards in our county now grow apples just for us. We also have some friends in neighboring states that help us out when needed. For the most part, we sell locally grown apples because we feel like it is far superior to the fruit sold in most grocery stores today. The southern Appalachian region has some unusual weather during the growing season. Some early mornings that start out cool can end up quite warm in the afternoon. Temperature variations of 20 degrees during a 24-hour period are not uncommon. This puts additional stress on the trees and causes them to impart more flavor into the fruit.
Q: Is the Apple Barn really a barn?
A: Yes! The barn was built around 1910 and sheltered hay, cattle, and horses until 1980 when it was carefully cleaned and became "The Apple Barn"!
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