While my sister Nancy was here for a visit from Florida a few weeks ago, we took her on a field trip to Golden Harvest Apple Orchard and Harvest Spirits Distillery in Valatie, NY. This for me is a fasinating place and i wanted to share it with my sisters(my sister Kathy could not join us, so i am looking forward to a "field trip" with her sometime soon)
The story behind this place is wonderful. The orchard and farm has been in this same family for many years. The current owners have found a way to use up the surplus apples by making their own vodka and spirits, and selling them to the public. They open their doors and offer tasings and sell their wonderful creations every weekend.
This is my sister Nancy standing in front of a wall of shelves, holding oak barrels filled with their Core vodka, Cornelius Applejack and brandies
The machinery that makes up the distillery is HUGE and very impressive.
And here is the little kitty greeter who welcomes all visitors
There are sample test jars with herbs and spices steeping in their vodka and brandy
They may or may not be put into production on a larger scale
and then there were jars put up just for Halloween...jars with eye of newt and wing of bat.
Families were there picking out their pumpkins and apples, and snacking on bags of cider donuts. The air around the farm stand smelled like sugar and cinnamon Heaven. Before we left we loaded up the car with all sorts of goodies! I made sure to buy some apples for my applesauce, maybe a pie, and for my own experiments at home....
To hear more of the story of Golden Harvest Farm, click here