by Anura Guruge
Newly Restored, 1974, Jensen-Healey In Alton, NH — Aug. 28, 2012.
We Went Apple Picking At ‘AppleView Orchard’ Pittsfield, NH — Colombus Day Monday, October 8, 2012. — Oct. 8, 2012.
Happened to see it on my way out after apple picking at ‘Apple View Orchard‘ in Pittsfield, NH earlier this afternoon. I assume it belong to Denis or Mary Straight the owners of the farm. I didn’t want to go back into the ‘shop’ and bother Denis. Instead, just took these 3 pictures. It appears to be in very good shape; just a small spot, of inevitable, kind of trademark, rust in the back. The interior looked immaculate. Nice car. Had a MG Midget, but never a ‘B’. I was more into the Triumphs. Had a friend, while in College in Swansea, who had an MGB GT. Since we are talking 1971 to 1974, it was not the V8.
by Anura Guruge
Apple Picking At ‘AppleView Orchard’ Pittsfield, NH – The Best Apple Fritters In The Universe! — Sept. 28, 2012.
1977 MGB (BMC) In Pittsfield, NH — Oct. 8, 2012.
It was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a very typical Colombus Day Monday. Temperature in the low 60s was just right. It was cloudy, but not gloomy. Though we had lots of rain last night the ground was quite firm, so not mud to contend with. That is always a bonus.
The apples are getting picked, though there is a lot on the ground. I know that that gets picked up and used, but it distresses me. The apples, in general, were good.
The fritters, when hot, are divine. Make sure they are hot. If they are not, insist that you want freshly fried ones. They can palm off the cold ones to those that don’t read this blog.
We had, has we invariably do, bought 1/2 peck of apples at the Sandwich Fair (on Saturday). This year, the ‘Apple Tent’ (or at least the only one we know off, which is by the ‘Craft Buidling’), only had Jonamac apples: a cross between a Jonathan and McIntosh. The ‘kid’ who was selling them said they were combined the taste and sweetness of the McIntosh with the crispness of the Johnathan. Boy, was he right! So, I wanted more.
AppleView didn’t have any Jonamac but they had ‘Empire‘, a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious. I tried one. They were good. They only had 6 Empire trees available for picking and there wasn’t much left. But, we managed to pick enough.
We bought 3 big bags of apples, 2 medium size pumpkins, a very small apple pie, a small ice cream and 12 apple fritters. Came to about $52. That is OK — I think. It was fun. The folks, especially Dennis, his wife (who works for UNH) and the Farm Manager (who always get the plumb job of driving a hay ride), are delightful. We had a good time. Teischan did her ‘I want to be difficult for the sake of being difficult’ act and got sent to the car sans ice cream. But, that is Teischan.
About Apple View Orchard
(per Dennis Straight)
Owners: Dennis (pharmacist) and Mary (UNH) Straight, who have owned it for the last 5 years. Prior to the 1980s it was a potato field.
Size: Main farm is 12 acres and they just got an additional 10 acres one mile up the road. So, 22 acres in total. In the 12 acre main farm they have 3,000 apple trees in 20 different varieties, some of them new ‘exotics’ they are experimenting with over the last couple of years.
They are growing other fruit trees, peaches, pears and cherries in the new 10 acres. They also have 3,000 strawberry plants.
Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets sell their apples.
by Anura Guruge
Going apple picking is now yet another of our annual rituals, though we only started doing this ‘without fail’ in fall after we moved to Alton in 2007. Prior to that we had gone once to the big, very famous farm in Loudon, with views all the way to Boston, whose name I can no longer recall; Google tells me that there are 3 farms in Loudon, but since there is no mention of the views all the way to Bean Town I cannot work out which one we actually went to. They were OK.
Deanna found AppleView. It is very close to us, which makes it even better. In 2007 we actually had the chance to buy the house next to it, but I refused to get out of the car and take a look at it, when a Realtor drove us to it, because it was $30K more than my set price at the time. As it happened, a few days later we bought this house for $40K above my original set price. So every time we go to the orchard and take the free hay ride, we go past that house and I wonder whether I did the right thing.
The Fritters at AppleView are divine. There is no other word for it. I could eat them till I explode, so I set myself a budget. When I have spent that on fritters, usually in three batches — once as soon as we get there and then twice at the end — I stop. If nothing else go there for the fritters, but they only have them on weekends. They are fine without the ice cream, but the ice cream definitely rounds it out.
Nice people. Nice farm. Decent apples. Decent pricing. Compelling store. Compelling views. Free hay rides with an entertaining and educational commentary by the Orchard Manager.
I met and had a long chat with the owner two years ago. He is a pharmacist who owns a pharmacy in Vermont. The apples are an (expensive) hobby. But, per his estimates they are planning to turn a profit soon.
We recommend AppleView, and if you somehow missed it — we think the apple fritters are out of this world.
P.S., They also have some good cheeses.