Best Apples Around
Michigan may have an apple named for it, but many Michiganders head to Indiana when they want the best apples. And they’re not alone. Customers often come hundreds of miles to visit G.W. Stroh Orchard in Angola. That’s because the Stroh’s grow many varieties of apples that can’t be found in grocery stores.
Ginger Gold, Winter Banana, and Northern Spy are just a few of the off-beat varieties, at Stroh’s. The orchard grows 35 kinds of apples on a dozen acres.
Gary Stroh was encouraged to grow his first apple tree by a high school teacher. But he’s quick to add that his dad was a big influence in his decision to go into the orchard business. It’s worked well now for almost 35 years. Today, he and his wife Susan have 3,000 apple trees, as well as 10 peach trees, 3 pear trees, and 1 plum tree.
It isn’t hard to see that everyone in the family enjoys their orchard fruits. Even their big yellow dog, Kelly, who doubles as the shop mascot, isn’t above a few tricks to get himself an apple.
While the orchard used to be u-pick, it’s popularity has made it too much of a risk for the trees. But all the apples are still hand-picked daily often by Gary. And it hasn’t stopped people from stopping by for favorites like Honey Crisp or Golden Delicious.
This time of year the cider press is also going strong, churning out gallon after gallon of truly superior cider with a fresh from the tree taste. There are also plenty of pumpkins and squash to choose from at their shop along with jams, jellies, and Stroh’s own honey. After all, what would an orchard be without bees to keep it well pollinated?
Stroh also furnishes the apples for Satek Winery’s award winning Autumn Classic wine.
While it’s easy to attract customers with a great product, the Stroh’s may have a secret marketing strategy. They grow their own customers, by opening their orchard to schools for field trips. It doesn’t take long for the kids to taste the difference. Over the years those students return time and time again, eventually bringing their own children and whole new generation to the orchard.
G.W. Stroh is located at 2620 N State Road 827 in Angola, Indiana. For more information visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GW-Stroh-Orchard-138821157086/.