If you can see me, I'm sitting on the tractor getting ready to head out to the orchard.
The present owners, Andy and Lou Amsler had taken over from their father who, after graduating from Farmingdale Agricultural College in 1934, began working for Mr. Richter the same year. Mr. Amsler leased the orchard from Mr. Richter three years later and operated it on his own.
|The store. The mill is on the right.|
The attack on Pearl Harbor had left an impression on Mr. Amsler so much so that he joined the Navy and became a Sea Bee stationed in the South Pacific.. Upon his return in 1946, he bought the farm from Mr. Richter and married Mrs. Amsler. After Mr. Richter's death, they had the hard task of running the orchard, while raising three sons. Out of respect for Mr. Richter, the Amsler family kept the name Richter's Orchard as a memorial to him.
When the Amsler brothers finished their stint at Cornell University College of Agriculture, they took over the business in 1979 after their parents retired. You can still spot them on busy days at the farm to help out Andy and Lou.
You can buy some homemade apple cinnamon pancake mix, mulling spices, apple crisp mix, apple bread mix and double apple muffin mix. Their small store is filled to the brim with all kinds of apples and great tasting cider that can be bought by the gallon or half gallon. Andy and Lou are great to talk and reminisce with. While touring, we met Chipper and discovered that he loved Asian apple pears.
|The road leading up to the mill|
They are open from August to May, but apple pressing begins in October. They are closed on Tuesdays after January 1.
Here are two links that I found, one has a review and the other is an article about the place.