Applecrest Farms is a great place for apple picking (and other fruits) as well as fun festivals every weekend in the fall. However in May they became so much more with the opening of the gorgeous new building. The new building houses a farm-to-table restaurant, coffee house and farm stand.

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I can’t say enough about the fall festivals. We brought Lexie last year and all had a great time. We started the trip out with some fresh grilled corn on the cob while listening to live music. Then we took a hay ride (including Lexie) out to the apple orchards. Lexie got her first taste of apple (which she loved). As we would pick apples she would jump up to grab them out of our hands. We lost several apples that way until we smartened up. After a hayride back to the start, we got some hot fresh cider donuts. This was my idea of a perfect fall day!

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We really enjoy Applecrest and farm-to-table restaurants. So when we heard they were opening one we were super excited. As such we couldn’t wait to go and went soon after they opened.

One thing that I was really looking forward to were the house made sodas. Even in restaurants that have great cocktails, there are often few options for those who don’t want to drink. So it is awesome when they have unique non alcoholic options. I tried both the Raspberry & Hibiscus and the Grapefruit & Ginger. The Raspberry & Hibiscus was amazing (so much so that I didn’t get a picture before drinking a noticeable amount). It was sweet but not overly so and had a great flavor. The Grapefruit & Ginger was a bit more tart with a bit of the ginger spice. It too was good, but I didn’t like it quite as much. They also offer fresh juices and smoothies.

In addition to the non alcoholic options, there are many alcoholic options available as well. They offer hard cider, beer (draft, can & bottle), cocktails, and wine. Their cocktail menu looks to have a lot of great options. They use some of the same house made soda ingredients to make many unique cocktails. I was told that the beer selection is well varied with many local options as well as some that are not.

They offer homemade sourdough with butter. It is soft and tangy – quite good. They offer local meats and cheeses which can mixed and matched. We picked two cheese (a goat and a blue) and a duck & pork terrine. It came with two mustards and two jams, as well as more of the sourdough. This is a great option for an appetizer as you can add more or less depending on the size of your group and/or hunger level. Also as you’ve probably realized by now, we love cheese!

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They offer a wide variety of entrees. However three of us chose the Grilled Meatloaf with Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, and Foraged Mushroom Sauce. One chose the Salmon special with a Sunny Side Egg, Swiss Chard, Roasted Potato Salad, and a Mustard Sauce. Both were delicious.

Since we were celebrating a birthday, we decided to order dessert. We tried the Espresso Chocolate Brownie with Raspberries and Espresso Ice Cream. The cake was good, but the ice cream appeared and tasted like it was filled with coarsely ground espresso beans. Next we tried the Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Banana Sorbet and Pecans. The bread pudding was delicious. Our table had mixed feelings about the banana sorbet as it tasted very much like bananas which some didn’t like. Lastly we tried the Apple Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Both the pie and ice cream were good, but didn’t particularly stand out like other parts of the meal.

We will definitely be heading back to the Applecrest Farm Bistro again soon. This is a great place to come for dinner but it would also be a good spot to get together with friends for drinks (with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and appetizers.

Also to note: I checked online and it looks like they have changed up some of the desserts. So we are looking forward to trying those!

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