Hale’s Apple Farm

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Location: Sebastapol, CA

Hale Apple Farm offers up to 30 varieties of apples from August through November.

Dave Hale is a 5th generation apple farmer. His great-great-grandfather William Ross, originally from Scotland, bought their land in Sebastapol in 1883. Dave grew up on the land, and in 1978 took over the business from his uncles. From August through November, Dave's trees yield up to 30 varieties of apples including Akane, Arkansas Black, Baldwin, Belle de Boscop, Bellflower, Black Jonathan, Black Twig, Braeburn, Cameo, Early Jonathan, Fiji, Gala, Hoover, Jonagold, King of Tompkins, Liberty, Macoun, Mitso, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Pink Pearl, Pippin, R.I. Greening, Ramey York, Romes, Sierra Beauty, Spitzenberg, Std. Jonathan, Wagner, Winesap, Winter Banana, and Winter Permain.

Dave also grows plums, pears, pumpkins, and other fruit. He invites guests to visit Hale’s Apple Farm for pumpkin picking season in the Fall.

Mercado Kitchen: Tarte Tatin

Try this sophisticated French twist on an apple pie and wow your guests at a dinner party! The tarte is baked in a skillet and turned out fresh from the oven onto a platter and voilà, dessert is served. This fun recipe is courtesy of our very own Mission Community Market vendor Marla Bakery. If you’ve tried the hand pies they sell at the market you know how wonderfully flaky the crust is. Here is your chance to try your hand …

Spotted at MCM: Craftsman and Wolves

Chef William and sous chef Connie from nearby Mission patisserie Craftsman and Wolves were spotted shopping at the Mission Community Market last Thursday. They are big fans of the market and can be found shopping at several vendor stalls almost every week. Last week they filled their cart with a variety of seasonal produce: kale and watermelon radishes from Tomatero Farm, apples from Hale Apple Farm, and quince from Arata Farm. Right now as the seasons are changing there are …

Mercado Kitchen: Quince Ratafia Two Ways

Ah Quince, you perplexing fruit with a storied past. It looks like an apple or a pear, but don’t you dare take one bite of it raw! Supposedly, 17th Century cookbooks contain more recipes for quince than any other orchard fruit, so I wonder what cooks living hundreds of years ago knew that I don’t! But both Arata Farms and Hale’s Apple Farm have gorgeous quince right now at MCM so I decided to go ahead and give a new …

Mercado Kitchen: Cinnamon Raisin Apple Muffins

Photos taken by Daniel Sullivan Jr. Instagram: @dsulliphoto Following the advice of farmer Dave from Hale’s Apple Farm, I used these beautiful pink pearls for this recipe as they not only offered a vibrant pop of color but also a unique flavor difference. As pink pearl season has sadly ended, we’re confident that this recipe would be equally delicious with any of his apples – ask Dave what’s good this week and perhaps even use a mix of two or three of his varieties! Recipe …