Apple Butter: Vegans, Lactose Intolerant Persons and Fruit Enthusiasts Keep Reading!

Although the term “butter” is used, there is no actual dairy product included in the apple butter! Exciting news, right?
If you’re thinking “What is apple butter? Why have I never had it, or seen it at my local grocery chain?” there is a reason for it. Although apple butter has been made for centuries, it tends to stay close to the local areas it is produced. Families would take turns stirring the concentrated apple sauce to ensure the apples would caramelize but not burn. This is the reason apple butter is so dark in color.
Our apple butter starts with hand peeled and cored apples, some sugar and lemon juice. We add cinnamon to combat a palate fatiguing too sweet butter.

Then we wait. We stir. We wait some more. We stir some more. We get a glass of water and a snack…then we wait even more! The caramelizing must happen slowly, so as not to burn. If the sugar burns, it turns bitter and bitter sugar is bad!

If you were looking for some new applications for your apple butter, you’ve come to the right place. Our favorite ways to use apple butter may surprise you! The first way, is to brush it over pork tenderloin as it is cooking. The apple and pork flavor combination is a classic one. Secondly, use it instead of mayonnaise on your turkey, cheddar and veg sandwich. Not only will you be adding a massive amount of flavor, but you’ll save on calories and fat as well!

If you’re interested in purchasing apple butter, you may do so in person at the farm or on our website!

Thank you for reading today!

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Baby chicks have arrived!!!

Hurley Farms welcomes a new flock of baby chickens to the farm. These new chicks will eventually join our adult flock of almost 100 adult hens that supply us with our delicious fresh eggs. We have six different breeds in our new batch of chickens Buff Orpingtons, Ameraucanas, Rhode Island Reds, Danish Brown Leghorns, Black Australorps, and Golden Sex Links.

Chicken facts!

Buff Orpingtons
Originating in England and recognized as a distinct breed by the American Poultry Association in 1902, the Buff Orpington was prized as being a good meat bird as well as an excellent layer. These “Golden Beauties” as they are often called lay light to dark brown eggs.

Ameraucanas are also known as the “Easter Egg Chicken”. These chickens lay green or blue eggs.

Rhode Island Reds are one of the most popular, and well recognized of all the breeds.

Black Ausrtralorps originated in Australia and are known for their shiny rich black feathers. These hardy, yet docile birds are excellent winter laying hens.

Danish Brown leghorns originated from Italy, Denmark, and England. These prolific layers, can lay between 200 to 300 large white eggs a year.

Golden Sex Links also known as Bovan Browns are a cross-breed. Sex links are bred so that their gender can be determined by their color. Male chicks are a creamy white, while females are colored in shades of red.