Appleland Orchard in Smithfield, RI integrated pest mgmt / GAP certified
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Family run-business. Delicious Apple Cider Donuts!
Award winning cider, Gourmet Chocolate Apples, Blue ribbon apples of many varieties!!! Best tasting peaches!! Candy and Caramel apples, chocolate pops and of course everyones favorite chocolate covered marshmallows and pretzels
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Smithfield, RI - Appleland Orchards, located on a quiet street off Greenville’s town center, is a small but busy place.
Named “Best Apple Cider in New England” by Yankee Magazine, Appleland Orchards is both a local
favorite and the winner of many regional taste tests. The small family farm, run by Joseph and Mary
Lou D’Andrea sells fresh-picked apples, pears, and peaches and homemade specialties. They press cider,
bake pies and cakes, preserve jams and jellies, and decorate enormous chocolate-covered apples, which
fly off the shelves during the holiday season. They also age their award-winning cider to produce apple
cider vinegar and apple wine.
Unlike many store-bought vinegars, Appleland Orchard’s apple cider vinegar, which is pressed on site,
is light, crisp and sweet with a strong aroma of apples. Apple cider vinegar is well-known as a folk
remedy said to cure many ailments, and Mary Lou and Joseph have found that a few tablespoons daily
help to ease the aches and pains that come from the hard physical labor of running a farm. They have
customers who swear by their vinegar as a preventative measure against winter coughs and colds. Plus,
it makes a great salad dressing!
The D’Andrea family has been part of the local farming community since the 1970’s, when Joseph’s
father, Joseph D. D’Andrea, purchased the farm. Mary Lou and Joseph are active members of the Rhode
Island Fruit Growers’ Association and were recently honored by Governor Lincoln Chaffee on the state’s
annual “Apple Day,” which celebrates the history of Rhode Island’s apple industry.
They can recall the days when Smithfield was known as “Apple Valley” or “Appleland,” and an Apple
Blossom Princess was chosen each year from the local farms. Today, Appleland Orchards is one of the
few remaining in the rapidly developing area, but Mary Lou and Joseph are committed to keeping the
tradition alive. “Until I die!” is how Joseph puts it.
Mary Lou’s love of the orchard is apparent as she talks about seeing each product from beginning to
end, starting when the apple trees begin to blossom in spring. She enjoys living with the rhythm of the
season and watching buds turn to blossoms as each year’s apple crop progresses. Another highlight of
life on the farm is getting to know the customers who come to the farm stand, especially regulars like a
family from New Jersey who come by every time they visit their son at Bryan University, and an elderly
lady who leaves with a full carload of Granny Smith apples every season.
Currently, in order to try Appleland Orchard’s amazing fruit, cider, and pies, you’ll have to drive out to
their farm stand in Greenville, which is open from during the peak season from August to December
then again from March to May with spring annuals and perennials, cider, honey, maple syrup, baked
goods, preserves, and apples from storage available. They’ve also recently joined Farm Fresh’s Market
Mobile program, so look for them on the menu at your favorite local restaurants!