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!
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.
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!
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!