There are two ways that you can visit Apple of His Eye Orchard, LLC. The first is through the internet: our web site, and the many search engines that we have signed up with. The best way to visit our orchard is to take the drive to 3185 S. 300 E. in Madison County, just southeast of lovely Anderson, Indiana. You will find a “mom and pop” road side stand where we like to tell you about growing apples God’s way. Also, we like to hear about your apple stories. It seems that apples, more than any other fruit carries so many memories and family adventures. Those stories make a person’s life so rich and flavorful…just like our apples.
Our apple story started with an ending…that sounds odd to say. But Jude and Richard (aka “The Apple Man” and “Apple Lady”) ended their full time United Methodist Christian ministry in 2004. It was then that we met some great folks with a small 3 acre orchard in Galveston, Indiana who encouraged us to meet their friends in the Indiana Horticulture Congress. Soon a desire was born to continue to serve God through a Christian Agri-business, to share with the public our Christian beliefs, and to provide wholesome fruit, vegetables, and value-added products. I guess you could say that we are Bi-Vocational, because we continue to serve our local Nazarene Community in Anderson, as well as serve the hungry folks of East-Central Indiana.
We wrote a “Vision Statement” and a “Mission Statement” back in 2006 and it is still valid today. If you would like to take a moment, read them on this web site too.
Currently at the orchard we have in production over 800 trees of various sizes and rootstocks. We grow over 27 varieties featuring some of the newest apple varieties being developed. Of course we feature “Honeycrisp” which was brought to market by the University of Minnesota. But Indiana folks don’t know that Purdue University in conjunction with others has produced some very nice apples like: William’s Pride, Goldrush, and Pristine…which we also grow. We could write a huge web site just on apple varieties but you can check for yourself if we carry your favorites. Or better yet if you will come out to the orchard I am certain that you can taste your way into a new “favorite.”
We open in June when Indiana strawberries are ripe. And we are looking forward to early July when South Carolina peaches are coming to us. Our first apple is called “Transparent” ready around July 4th. Gala usually starts around mid-August. And so apple season is going strong before the kids get into school. Remember to visit the orchard early…don’t wait until Fall in central Indiana because we start picking apples and pears quite a bit earlier than Michigan.
You can always call us at 765-378-6265. Or you can send me an email at email@example.com
After visiting Parke County, Indiana at the Maple Syrup Festival, we found more great local food to provide for our customers. Indiana Maple Syrup Products are few in number but great in quality. We ate so many pancakes with locally-made, rich tasting maple syrup that we had to begin selling it.
Rutherford's Maple Syrup Comp. produces all of our tasty syrup. They have been making syrup right down the road from Apple of His Eye Orchard for many decades.
This year we have four types of containers. Each unit is filled withy the same quality syrup from the current crop: Medium Maple Leaf and medium Flask (250ml), and the Large Plastic Squeeze Bottle and Large Maple Leaf (500ml).
Don't wait for Fall to buy Indiana-made Maple Syrup, because there may not be any available. It really runs out fast. Get it? Maple Syrup runs!
Apple Pie Filling
Ingredients: apples, cider, sugar, clear gel, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
Ingredients: apples, cider, and cinnamon. (no sugar added)
Ingredients: apples, water, sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, and cloves.
Apple Butter (No sugar added)
Ingredients: apples, cider, cinnamon, and cloves. (no sugar added)
Ingredients: strawberries, sugar, sure-jell.
Ingredients: blackberry juice, sugar, sure-jell.
*also with splenda
Ingredients: peaches, sugar, sure-jell.
Local Indiana Maple Syrup:
Small (250 ml)
Large (500 ml)
We have numerous apple varieties available from late summer through early fall. Varieties are listed in order of harvest, beginning in July and ending in late October. Every apple growing season is different.
Fourth of July
A small to medium apple. Greenish-yellow in color with a tart taste. Known best for its excellent tasting applesauce!
A beautiful lemon-yellow apple with perfect finish. This high quality apple is a good keeper for an early apple. Sweet!
William’s Pride Apples:
2nd week of August
The fruit is medium in size, slightly conic in shape, with rich aromatic flavor. Apples are 70-80% red. Excellent eating quality!
Red Free Apples:
2nd week of August
A medium size, glossy fruit with 90% bright red color. Smooth, waxy, russet-free skin. Light flesh is crisp and juicy.
A medium size, red over yellow colored apple. Very sweet, with a hint of pear flavor. Gala’s are great for applesauce, pies, and other desserts. An excellent choice for those who are diabetic because no sugar needs to be added. Considered dessert quality!
An old favorite. Thin skinned, mild sweet/tart flavor. Deep red in color with some green . An excellent all purpose apple.
Another very old heirloom variety. Tart, crisp, and juicy. It is still one of the most popular apples in the world. They are excellent for cooking as well as eating!
Tastes like its name. Very crisp, honeyed sweet flavor. A large red over yellow apple. Wildly popular, good for everything!
An extra large, crisp, white-fleshed apple. It has a sweet/tart flavor. A “MacIntosh type”, Only more crisp and more flavor than a Mac. Excellent for pies and sauce!
Same parentage as Mutsu (Crispin). Large green to somewhat yellow apple. Sweeter with less acid than Mutsu. Excellent flavor.
Red Delicious Apples:
A large beautiful deep red apple. Very sweet, good for fresh eating and waldorf salad.
Golden Delicious Apples:
Mid-September A large, yellow apple with lighter colored flecks in the skin. Sweet, mildly tart flavorwith nice crisp flesh. Not just for eating, they make wonderful pie, applesauce, and apple crisp!
Northern Spy Apples:
Large round, often flattened, greenish yellow with striped pinkish red. Crisp, juicy yellowish flesh. Tart and aromatic. Excellent all purpose apple except for drying.
Originally known as “crispin”, it never became popular until the Japanese bought the patent and renamed it “Mutsu”. An extra large, green apple that is slightly tart off the tree, becoming sweet in storage. Some customers prefer it above all other apples! An excellent all purpose apple!
Cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Sweet and tart at the same time. A large, red over yellow apple with a nice crisp texture. A truly versatile apple, good for everything!
Flavor is sweet, yet mildly subacid. Said to be intense. Cream colored flesh, good looking yellow apple with orange/red blush.
Granny Smith Apples:
Green, crisp and tart. Excellent keeper. Good for pies!
Very sweet flavor and crisp texture. Dessert quality apple!
Gold Rush Apples:
Fruit is conic-round, medium to large, with a deep uniform greenish-yellow color. Flesh is hard, very crisp and breaking. Sugar-acid balance slightly favors tartness at harvest, mellowing slightly in storage.
Has a zesty sweet and tart flavor. You won't find this apple at many orchards because it is a new variety.
Although its a late apple its worth the wait! Wonderful sweet explosion, super crunchy, and you can enjoy it all winter long!
Melrose is a cross between Jonathan and Red Delicious. The sweet, tart combination is so much better than just a regular Red Delicious.
Cameo is a super sweet red and yellow striped apple. I prefer it over Honeycrisp because it is very juicy and super crunchy!