The Apple Castle

No trip home to New Castle in the fall would be complete without a stop at the Apple Castle.  Located in the heart of Amish country in New Wilmington, PA, the Apple Castle is a family farm that has been running since 1861.

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As you are driving up to the store front, you can see the apple orchards, rows upon rows of apple trees.  The farm also grows other fruit based on the season, but in case the name didn’t give it away, they are known for their apples.  Going to the Apple Castle was one of our elementary school field trips.  I remember going on a hay ride out in the orchards and visiting the bee farm where they made honey.

On Wednesday, I asked my sister to take a ride with me to the Apple Castle.  I wanted to get some apple sauce and apples to take home.  Chris and I discussed making a pie and breaking in my new ice cream machine once I got back.  Hopefully, you’ll get to see some good results from that experiment.

Apple Castle is about a 20 minute drive from my parents house.  My sister and I headed out to get our goods.  It was right around lunchtime during mid-week.  We were surprised to see so many people there.  I guess they all had the same idea we did.

The outside of the storefront looked perfectly dolled up for fall.  The outside area with all the pumpkin displays were dressed with straw.  There were all sorts of pumpkins and gourds you can pick out, even painted ones.  It is a nice little display to get your halloween pumpkins without having to drive out to a pumpkin patch.

Inside the shop, there are so many different things you will find:  jellies, honey, fresh fruit, cider, applesauce, pie fillings, fudge, and more!

I picked out a peck of apples (roughly a 10 pound bag), apple sauce, and apple cider.  I also picked up a couple of freshly made apple cider donuts (one cinnamon sugar and one maple frosted).  Apple cider donuts are one of my favorite treats, and you really do need to get them handmade and not store bought.

I greatly enjoyed my trip to the Apple Castle.  It is a place that holds a lot of memories from my childhood.  This is also another place I used to take Katie when I was babysitting her.  I have fond memories of trips to apple castle, where we went to get honey sticks and apple cider slushies in the summer.  Those were her favorite, though I found them hard to drink due to the consistency.

After returning home, I broke into my donuts and started preparing for dinner.  Featured in my next post, I made a meal for my family while I was home.  You really won’t want to miss this post!

 

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