October 5-6 with the Good Vibes Trio

October greets us with chilly and soggy weather, but the barn is cozy — and will be extra cozy on Saturday evening with the Good Vibes Trio. The first of two sets begins at 7:00 with a $10 cover for adults and $5 for kids. Tonight’s menu includes your choice of a German brat (Odenthal’s), a Polish sausage (Odenthal’s); a German weiner (Odenthal’s) or a vegan apple brat (Herbivorous Butcher); with or without bun; sauerkraut; cucumber slices; and kettle chips ($8).

On to the apples for the weekend, and we have so many!

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From left to right in the photo above, this weekend apples include the following:

  • Haralson: a Minnesota classic with a tart crunch

  • Liberty: another tart apple from the McIntosh family

  • Bonnie Best: a beautifully-striped apple with a distinctly lavender color. An excellent culinary apple

  • Prairie Spy: the first of the season! A sleeper with a small but devoted core of aficionados.

  • Connell Red: also the first of the season! A lower acid apple that tastes perfectly mellow and sweet in this cooler weather.

  • Cortland: an apple with a lot going on in the flavor department. If sauce is in your future, pick up some of these apples.

  • Fireside: a U of M release that’s a gorgeous apple with a combination of striping and yellow, orange, and red blush. Same flavor profile as Connell Red since they’re sibling apple varieties.

  • Sweet Sixteen: we finally finished picking Sweet Sixteen after taking five different passes at the tree to achieve perfect ripeness. Ripeness matters so much with this variety: underripe and they’re sweet and hard; perfectly ripe and they have that amazing cherry popsicle flavor.

  • Honeygold: another first of the season! A perfectly pleasing apple with a sweet-tart crunch.

  • Honeycrisp: Minnesota’s new classic.

If you’re planning on doing any baking this week, I recommend a combination of two-thirds apples that cook up firm and and one-third that cook up saucy. For firm apples, look toward Haralson and Prairie Spy. For saucy apples, look no further than Cortland.

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As always, we have tastes of apple varieties that we don’t have enough of to sell but that we still want to share with you! Today, those varieties are two classics: Kingston Black and Ashmead’s Kernel. Kingston Black is renowned for being one of those very few cider apples that make a delicious single-variety cider. Ashmead’s Kernel is an English variety from the 1700’s that is good for eating, baking, and cider-making. Its claim to fame is superlative flavor. Come give them a try!

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And we have one more treat down here this weekend: it’s the release of our two new barrel-aged ice ciders. The first ice cider was aged in a new barrel made by Black Swan Cooperage here in Minnesota. The second ice cider was aged in a rye whiskey barrel from Far North Spirits in Hallock, Minnesota. A rainy day means a quiet day, so come try all three ice ciders next to the warmth of a fire. Yes — that sounds like a great way to spend part of a rainy Saturday!