The scent of fall leaves is in the air and nights are getting cooler, which means that the crescendo of local apples is close. Just thinking about it, I can hear the sound of that first crunch—yum! Our friend Rich Eshleman’s orchards in Clyde, Ohio, are located just south of Lake Erie where the climate along the water brings perfect growing conditions for his apples.
Rich graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in horticulture and has traveled across the country cultivating his experience before laying down roots here in Ohio. Rich started farming in 1977. Today, he is joined by his son Jeff in this fruitful endeavor and we are thankful to have Eshleman Fruit Farm apples filling our stores with Love Local splendor. He brings us some amazing apples from his orchard, like Honeycrisp (one of the best for eating), Gala, Fuji, Ginger Gold, McIntosh, and Melrose (a sweet pick that’s great for eating, pie-making, and for an apple cobbler). Melrose also is the official apple of Ohio and happens to be one of my favorites. Can you smell that freshly made apple pie yet? Or, try just dipping these apples in our Made Right Here DLM Caramel Dip. Join us in celebrating these wonderful apples from Rich and Jeff Eshleman’s orchard. You won’t be disappointed. Happy fall, everyone!