Over 200 Years of Family Fruit Growing since 1809

Our stores feature some of the best fruit our region has to offer, and we are proud to share some of our stories and recipes with our customers.

Random Facts About Apples

  1. The average person eats 65 apples each year.
  2. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world. It would take you more than 20 years to try them all if you ate one a day!
  3. It takes two pounds of apples to make one nine-inch apple pie.
  4. Red Delicious apples are the most widely grown apple variety in the U.S.
  5. Apple trees take four to five years to bear their first fruit.
  6. It takes roughly 36 apples to make one gallon of apple cider. Wow!
  7. The average apple contains 10 seeds.
  8. Ever wondered why apples float? It’s because 25 percent of their volume is made up by air.
  9. Apples are actually part of the rose family, just like pears and plums.
  10. Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.

 

In 1809, Chauncey Merriman, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, purchased a small farm on the south end of the Shuttle Meadow Lake and planted some apple trees.

His son Anson impulsively planted one thousand Baldwin apple trees by hand. This varietal was relatively unknown, but taking this risk proved to be successful. Baldwin apples were once the most popular apples in the United States but were surpassed in the 1930s with introduction of the Red Delicious.

The farm is now run by the great, great, great, great grandson, of Chauncey Merriman, John Rogers and his family. Each successive generation in the Rogers’ family has taken their chances with farming apples in Connecticut, where the weather can be as much of a risk as market forces. The farm now grows 20 varieties of apples, 10 varieties of peaches, as well as pears, plums, nectarines, and apricots. read more

Comparing Apples To Apples

Apple Varieties and Uses

With so many varieties of apples to choose from, it's no wonder how challenging it is to know which apple to use for what kind of recipe. Let’s compare our locally grown apple varieties to help you sort out which ones to use to get the best results in the recipe you want to make, whether you’re baking a pie or cooking applesauce. Click the image to the left to enlage

Earth Friendly Apples and Peaches

  • We grow our fruit using natural, ecology-based methods with minimal spraying
  • We grow our fruit with an awareness of pollinators and pollinator health
  • We grow our fruit mindful of our roll as stewards of the land, water, and wildlife
  • We follow a rigorous Eco-Apple™ protocol, drafted by the Integrated Pest Management Institute of America. Certification needs to be renewed yearly.

Your Recipes

Apple Cider

1. In 6-quart saucepan, heat Roger's Orchards Cider with cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, orange slices, and lemon slices to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer about 45 minutes.

2. Add rum (optional); heat through. Do not boil. Pour cider through sieve into heat-safe punch bowl. Discard spices and fruit slices.

Caramel Apple

In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter; add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.

Insert Popsicle sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Dip bottom of apples into peanuts. Place on greased waxed paper until set.

Fresh Pumpkin Cake

Prep: Preheat oven to 350 ℉ F. Using cooking spray or oil, grease a 9×13 non-stick baking pan

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon.

In a second medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: 3 large eggs, 1 cup oil and 15 ounces fresh pumpkin, until well combined.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake at 350 ̊F for 35-40 min or until a toothpick or fork poked in the center comes out clean. Let cake cool completely in pan then spread the top with frosting (see below).

Ingredients for the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 package (8oz) Cream Cheese, room temp, cut into quarters
1 stick (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter - room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar 2 tsp real vanilla extract

Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting

Combine all of your frosting ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, beat on medium speed until combined, then beat on high speed 2-3 min or until fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Rogers Orchards Family Apple Pie

Thinly slice a combination of apples:
McIntosh and/or Macoun- for flavor. Cortland and/or Ida Red- for texture

Upon each layer of sliced apples sprinkle a cinnamon/sugar mix to cover
Add a little salt, and a few dashes of nutmeg and lemon juice
Keep layering and sprinkling between layers until you have a big dome of apples
Top with a pat of butter and cover with dough for the top crust

Click image to the right for more and our great crust recipe

Homemade Peach Jam

Ingredients

4 cups finely chopped peaches (3lbs or so)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 box fruit pectin
1 pat of butter
5 ½ cups sugar

Note: It’s important that measurements are exact, except for the small amount of butter.

Stir the peaches, lemon juice and pectin thoroughly in a 6-8 quart pot. Bring to a full rolling boil (one that doesn’t stop when stirred) Add the pat of butter if you want to keep it from foaming a lot. Stir in the sugar all at once then boil (full rolling) for exactly 1 minute. Ladle into clean jars, seal and process. Makes about 7 cups of Jam.

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