Allenholm Farm in South Hero, Vermont

Allenholm Farm

McIntosh Apples are Ready for Picking
McIntosh Apples are Ready for Picking

It’s apple picking season! The apples are ready at Allenholm Farm in South Hero. We’ve already picked a 1/2 peck in a matter of a few minutes! Only a couple of apples are left from that outing. The majority went into apple cakes that we enjoyed with visiting family and shipped to family out of state. We knew that they would appreciate our Vermont apple treat. (Recipe at the end of this post.)

In the Apple Orchard at Allenholm Farm in South Hero, VT
In the Apple Orchard at Allenholm Farm in South Hero, VT

Allenholm Store

Allenholm Farm Store
Allenholm Farm Store

We started our visit at the Allenholm Farm Store. It’s very welcoming façade leads us to an even more inviting store. A huge bubble gum machine serving up huge gumballs stands near the door. The driftwood donkey is a few feet away, protected from wandering fingers by a picket fence. Both are sights to excite both young and old.

Big Bubble Gum Machine and Driftwood Donkey
Big Bubble Gum Machine and Driftwood Donkey

Our first order of business was to get nourishment so we would have energy to apple pick. (That’s what we tell ourselves, anyway.) Allenholm uses real maple syrup in their maple creemees. The flavor is spectacular. Do you know what a creemee is? Allenholm has a sign to educate you.

Creemee is the Vermont Term for Soft-Serve Ice Cream
Creemee is the Vermont Term for Soft-Serve Ice Cream

On our next visit, we’ll have to try the apple cider slushies! This time, we enjoyed our creemees as we strolled through the store checking out the many Vermont-made items for sale. Of course, there was a large display featuring all sizes of Vermont Maple Syrup jugs. Just so you know, bigger is better when it comes to Vermont Maple Syrup!

Apple Cider Slushies and Vermont Maple Syrup
Apple Cider Slushies and Vermont Maple Syrup
Books and Wooden Ware
Books and Wooden Ware
Vermont Snacks and Jams
Vermont Snacks and Jams

With all the food options in the Allenholm Farm Store, there is no reason you should leave hungry!

Allenholm Petting Zoo

Knowing that we were going to get creemees and pick apples, we explored Allenholm’s kid-friendly petting paddock last. Only the sheep and goats had any interest in us. I really think they were only interested in the freshly picked apples we were munching as we visited each animal.

Petting Zee Sheep and Pony
Petting Zee Sheep and Pony
Goats at Allenholm Farm Petting Zoo
Goats at Allenholm Farm Petting Zoo

More About Allenholm Farm

Allenholm Farm is open from May until Christmas Eve. Autumn is a special time because the apples are ready for picking and the Farm offers tractor-driven wagon rides too.

Another fun opportunity that you might not expect is that Allenholm also rents bicycles.

Rent Bikes at Allenholm Farm in South Hero
Rent Bikes at Allenholm Farm in South Hero

Visit Allenholm Farm

111 South Street, South Hero, VT
802-372-5566
On the Web at http://www.allenholm.com/

Apple Cake Recipe

Here’s my favorite Apple Cake recipe. My copy was printed using a dot-matrix printer, giving you an idea how long I’ve loved this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening (butter)
  • 4 or 5 apples, peeled and chopped medium fine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • Chopped nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream shortening and sugar well together. Add unbeaten egg and chopped apples. Mix well together with spoon (not electric mixer); sift flour, cinnamon and baking soda and add to mixture. Nuts may be added.

Bake in round or square cake pan (about 2 inches deep) for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The top of the cake will have a crisp, crunchy topping with no icing required.

Vacation at The Green Cottage

You can bake an apple cake from your batch of freshly picked apples when vacationing at The Green Cottage in nearby Grand Isle, Vermont. Our lakeside cottage is a wonderful place to enjoy Vermont autumnal activities. Learn more at https://VacationRentalsInVermont.com.

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