Monday, September 30, 2013

Heirloom Apples for You at Scott Farm

{Naulahka, home of author Rudyard Kipling}

On a beautiful late September, blue-sky day, I wind my way up a road at the edge of town, beyond the pavement, to the dirt road lined with stone walls. Past abodes of famous writers, and retreats of those who find the Green Mountains the most inspiring place in all of the world. With views like this, how could we not agree with them? 

{Scott Farm}

My destination is Scott Farm, an heirloom apple orchard tucked behind Brattleboro in Dummerston, Vermont. The orchard, which was previously a dairy farm dating back to the 1700s, now offers its fertile lands to the antique apple varieties dating from the 1600s. Preserving these unique and rare varieities, rich in flavor, color, texture, and lore, is the life's work of the orchard keeper Zeke Goodband. 

{Zeke and Natalie}

With over 90 varieties nurtured by Zeke and his team, the Scott Farm is the largest heirloom apple producer in New England. When we press apple cider, Zeke is able to help us get exactly the right apples for our preferred taste combination of astringent, sour, and sweet to make a balanced cider. 
(If you are interested in making your own cider, we recommend this informational booklet to get started)

Zeke himself put together a half bushel box for us of mixed heirloom varieties, truly a tasty treat. We are excited to share these edible pieces of history with you during our fall tours. 

You can see the color just beginning to deepen on the trees. I felt like Tasha should be sitting in this rocker at the orchard, surveying the beauty and reflecting on the history. It feels like big shoes to fill, to see the world with as much beauty as she did. But every moment I practice, the better I get at seeing it.
Let's practice as much as we can during this beautiful Autumn season. 



  1. So beautiful, Natalie. Thanks for posting!!!

    1. You're quite welcome :) Happy Autumn!

  2. Replies
    1. Zeke and the Orchard are a real treasure! Happy to share :-)

  3. Hi Natalie,
    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your writings and like you, I too enjoy sitting on my own front porch this time of year to take in the Fall beauty of rural Ohio as I wonder about the history and Indian lore of those who roamed these rolling hillsides in years past. However, I am sorry to say I do not have a rocking chair as you do but I am sure I would find it more enjoyable if I did, don't you agree? I hope you have a beautiful fall in that most lovely part of our great country.
    Vermont is one of my most favorite places to enjoy the "reds" this time of year. Have a beautiful Fall Sincerely, Judy Heise, Walhonding, Ohio

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment, Judy! A rocking chair does enhance the experience, as does a nice tea spread, but one can enjoy the moment regardless, and take in the beauty as it comes! It has been a lovely fall this year so far, though I do think this last weekend was peak foliage, about a week early, due to heavy rains and wind lately! Take care and enjoy! Best, Natalie from Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.