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VPR Cafe: Allenholm Farm

Ryan Mercer
Burlington Free Press
Pam and Ray Allen stand among their apple trees in the Allenholm Orchard that has been in their family since the 1870s.

An apple orchard in the Champlain Islands has been around since Ulysses S. Grant was president: Allenholm Farm in South Hero.

Sally Pollak, who writes for the Savorvore section of The Burlington Free Press, visited the 275-acre farm of which 25 are dedicated to apples trees.

Founded by the Allen family in the 1870s, the seven generations since have worked the farm and raised a crop each season. Many of the people who work the land alongside the family live in Jamaica when it's not apple season, and have worked at the Allenholm farm for decades.

You can read why the Champlain Islands make for great apple crops at Allenholm and other nearby orchards and read about the maple creemees, apple cider and 2,500 homemade apple pies the farm makes each year in Pollak's article, Localvore since 1870 at Allenholm Farm in South Hero.

The VPR Café is made possible by Kimball Brook Farm, organic milk and cream from Vermont grass-grazed cows and by City Market, Burlington, a food co-op offering classes, food demos and local products to taste and explore.

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