Perhaps one of the best road side farm stands in the Hudson Valley is Golden Harvest Farms on Route 9 in Kinderhook. The farm has more than 200 acres of apple varieties, makes the best cider donuts to be found anywhere in the Hudson Valley, and even has a distillery that is making applejack and apple vodka. In the fall the parking lot is lined with pumpkins as far as the eye can see and the weekends become feverishly busy as weekenders stop to buy Halloween pumpkins and sample vodka. Like any great farm market there are not only bushels of apples, donuts, pies, turnovers, and cider, but also fruit preserves, produce, and local cheeses. The distillery has won several awards for its high quality spirits which are distilled entirely from local fruits. For the vodka, distiller Derek Grout ferments a batch of Golden Harvest apple cider which is then distilled into his signiture Core Vodka.
A delicious apple jelly recipe. Having the right amount of pectin can be tricky. If, after a week, the jelly seems that it hasn’t set enough, you may need to reheat the jelly and add a touch of liquid pectin. Then process the jelly jars with sterile lids in a water bath again