The charter members are Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Apple Ridge (formerly known as Jessup Road), Applewood, Masker, Ochs and Pennings. The six grow more than 50 apple varieties on 700-plus acres in the Town of Warwick, Orange County.
The Apple Trail designation was created under New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Farm, Apple, and Cuisine Trail Designation Program.
In addition to apples, the orchards along the trail offer fruit liqueurs, apple pies, pears, peaches, cider doughnuts, cider, hard cider, pumpkins, wagon rides, jams, ice cream, wines, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables.
“We really don’t compete with each other,” said Jason Grizzanti co-owner of Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery. “Each orchard has different strengths. We hope that with the formation of the Warwick Valley Apple Trail, we can highlight each orchard and help further solidify Warwick as an agricultural destination.”
The first major event the new group will get behind is Applefest 2010, the 22nd annual such event, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 3, rain or shine in the Village of Warwick. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Warwick Valley Community Center, Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and other local non-profit organizations.
Moe than 200 craft vendors, dozens of food vendors, 50 local non-profit exhibitors, a children’s carnival, farmers’ market, “rock and rest” tent for feeding and changing young children, and six stages with music and entertainment will be offered.
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