With a rich agricultural history almost as old as the U.S. itself, Scott Farm Orchard deserves a spot in our Featured Farms!
Scott Farm Orchard has been operational since 1791, and was purchased—along with Rudyard Kipling’s former home, adjacent to the farm’s acreage—in 1995 by the Landmark Trust USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic properties. (If you’ve ever watched The Cider House Rules, you’ll understand why—it was filmed on this very farm!) And while the farm was once more than an orchard, today’s focus on fruit as well as respect for the land and its ecosystems keeps the farm thriving, to bring you flavorful and healthy fruits and berries. Thanks to current orchardist Ezekiel Goodband’s dedication, Scott Farm Orchard now boasts more than 120 heirloom and “unusual” apple varieties, cultivated with care.
What that care entails is ecological growing practices, choosing to respect the natural ecosystems of the orchards to let them flourish. Biodiversity lends itself to stability, and cosmetically imperfect fruit is a fine price to pay for delicious fruit that can be eaten by everyone without worry. Scott Farm Orchard has always been innovative in its history, among the first American farms to use refrigeration and mail order sales, and they continue to lead the charge even now.
And although 85% of their produce stays within the state of Vermont, we at Provisions are lucky enough to be getting some of their apples! Let’s take a look at these two fantastic varieties:
Hidden Rose Apples are crispy, tart little apples with a surprise inside! While their pale green outsides are totally unassuming, their insides reveal a lovely color that ranges from a delicate pink to a full red blush. Not only are these apples beautiful, they are wonderful for baking pies and incorporating into salads.
Knobbed Russet Apples are considered ugly for their shineless, bumpy exterior. Don’t be fooled! These apples are a taste sensation you won’t be able to get enough of. From baking into pies or just having a bite, you’ll want to have these apples everywhere and anywhere.