"Welcome to the home of The Barden Family Orchard"

56 Elmdale Rd, North Scituate, RI 02857 401-934-1413

Thanks to all of our customers who visited us this season!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Our apple harvest was officially over last Tuesday, November 24 due to the 19 degree night we had on Monday. We are now closed for the season as of November 25, 2015. Although our season seemed short we had excellent weather making for continuous harvest over weeks at a time. We will now have apples and apple cider for sale at the winter markets listed below. Thanks for all of your support, constructive criticism and positive feedback that we have received. We will now plan for our 2016 harvest and subsequent improvements!!

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We wish you all an abbreviated winter season and blessings for the New Year.

Saturday Morning Winter Markets Pick up apples and freshly pressed apples cider
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Pawtucket Wintertime 9am-1pm http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=29
Coastal Growers Market 10am-1pm http://www.coastalmarket.org/
Aquidneck Growers Market 9am-1pm http://www.aquidneckgrowersmarket.org/home/our-winter-vendors/

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Fresh Sweet Apple Cider!!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Yummy apples of all varieties await you at Barden Family Orchard. We have freshly made apple cider to serve your family. Treated only with Ultra-violet light, and no preservatives. It tastes sweet and fresh! We have tart, and sweet apples and a mixture for your recipes! We are selling bulk apples in pecks, half bushels and bushels packed for a quick in an out so you can get on to your other errands. Come see us until Wednesday November 25. We are open every day from 10am-5pm.

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Weather and thoughts

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Thank you all for coming to our farm this summer and autumn. The weather is now turning with the season, the apples are mostly on the ground, time for our thoughts to turn to spending more time inside our homes together.

Our November hours are 10 am to 5 pm. We are still open daily! Our cider is freshly made each week, and we are well stocked with apples for your home baking and storage projects. We have lots of A-grade and b-grade apples that we can mix up in a bushel, half bushel or you can just pick out a few to try.

Applesauce is a great side for any meal and stores well in the freezer or canning jar.
Here is our recipe. We usually use a mixture of McIntosh, Cortland, Crispin, Empire, Macoun and Honeycrisp. Heavy on the McIntosh. We fill a 2 to 4-quart kettle with quartered or sliced apples, add a good amount of water or cider (to fill the pan about 1/4 full on bottom), and bring to a hard rolling boil for about 10-15 minutes or until the apples begin to cook down. The sauce must be watched at this stage to make sure that the water doesn’t evaporate and make the apples burn on the bottom of the pan. Then we turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 1/2 hour or 45 minutes until the apples have softened through. They we take our hand mixer and run it through the applesauce to smooth it out and take out any bigger solid strands of apple, usually for about 5 minutes. We sometimes add a teaspoon of honey to a 4 quart pot and a teaspoon of cinnamon and then add more to bring to desired taste.

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Apples are few and far between except Granny Smith, Spartan and Red Delicious

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

If you are still up for picking tasty apples off of the tree… Come on down! There are lots of a few varieties. The flavor on our earlier varieties has changed with the changing of the leaves, but there are a few varieties that taste great up to the frost. If you aren’t interested in trekking out, we have apples picked at their peak and stored away to retain their excellent characteristics. Come out to the farm for apples and apple cider freshly made. Our Farm Market is open 10am to 5pm in November. We will have apples and cider available up to Thanksgiving for your family celebrations.

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End of October….Scary?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

How fast this season flew by!!!
We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful harvest of your own, and thanks for visiting us at our Farm and at the Farmers Markets this season. We appreciate all of your support and thoughtful comments through the season to help us improve.

We are still picking apples off of the trees for those who have not been out yet. We have Fuji, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland (check each one for firmness on this variety) , Empire, Crispin, Rome Beauty, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Idared, Spartan, and Northern Spy.

Come out and enjoy the gorgeous weather today and through the weekend.
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Our November Hours at the Farm will be Wednesday through Sunday 10 am-5 pm. (Closed Monday and Tuesday)

Join us at our indoor Farmers Markets through the winter beginning November 7, 2015 (copy and paste links in your browser):
Coastal Growers https://www.facebook.com/CoastalGrowers
Pawtucket Wintertime http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=29
Aquidneck Growers Market https://www.facebook.com/Aquidneck-Growers-Market-145175198849594/

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It is a colorful time to visit our orchard! and still LOTS of apples to pick

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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Here is the beautiful sunrise yesterday, and our cider crew going out to enjoy it before they began their 12 + hour shift making our sweet apple cider. It is a little blurry, but you can see the brilliant sky behind the trees.

Still lots of apples to pick here at Barden’s. Most varieties are still available. We have picked the tops, so there are still many apples low to the ground.

Gala, McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland (check each one for firmness before you pick), Spartan, Jonagold, Empire, Northern Spy, Idared, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, Rome Beauty, Crispin (Mutsu), Granny Smith.

Come check out the pumpkin selection in time for Halloween and grab a jug of our delicious sweet apple cider!
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The colors are beautiful right now at the farm, and we will be giving free hayrides on Sunday afternoon.

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Macouns abound

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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We still have LOTS of apples and pumpkins to pick, and freshly pressed sweet apple cider this weekend and free hayrides 11am-4pm on Sunday.

This weekend we can add Granny Smith and our late Fuji to the list of apples available…

Honeycrisp (may have dropped by the weekend please call), Gala, McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland, Liberty, Spartan, Jonagold, Empire, Northern Spy, Idared, Northwest Greening, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, Rome Beauty, Crispin (Mutsu), a few Baldwin, and a few Staymen Winesap.

Pumpkin picking is still going on. We will have free hayrides circling down to the pumpkin field to help you carry them back up to the farm stand!

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