Orchard offers more than apples and pumpkins


November 09, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Looking for some great apples to make that American pie for those who don't like pumpkin at Thanksgiving?

Carolyn Orchards on Route 32 in Gamber has a dozen varieties, including old-time favorites smokehouse and Grimes golden.

Operating since 1955, Carolyn Orchards is named after co-owner Eva Carolyn Brothers.

"A lot of people think that it's my name, and that's what they call me." Ms. Brothers said. My children used to think it was very funny that people called me Carolyn, but they liked it even better when we went to the supermarket and they heard kids saying to their parents, 'Look! It's the apple lady!' "

The children probably had visited the orchard with their classmates on one of the numerous school tours that visit the orchard each fall.

"We usually get a lot of preschoolers," Ms. Brothers said. "And almost every year we get a group of handicapped children. . . . I make an exception to our 'no picking the pumpkins' rule and take them out to the pumpkin field . . . and show them how the pumpkins grow and let them pick out a pumpkin."

And there's more at the orchard than apples and pumpkins.

"We press our own cider, and refrigerate it immediately. We don't add preservatives or boil it, so it's better than what you'll find in the supermarket."

You can buy apples at Carolyn Orchards until the end of December. In January it closes, to reopen in June when cherry season starts.

"This has been our business since 1955, when we purchased it from my father-in-law," Ms. Brothers said.

"I think when you get too big you lose that personal touch."


The spooks and ghouls and costume panics of Halloween have gone back to their graves until next year, so you can relax and start thinking about the coming holidays.

Why not enjoy a view of historic downtown Sykesville while you take a chance on an old-fashioned coverlet you can give to the newest member of the family?

The women of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church have created this beautiful object, and it will be raffled off, along with a circus train set complete with track and transformer, on Saturday at the 15th annual Country Fair in the parish house at 7609 Main St.

"We've been doing our Country Fair for years," said parishioner Tiny Sheridan, "and we do have a good following. Last year, we had between 700 and 800 people come to the fair."

In addition to the handmade coverlet and train set chosen by Linda Greenburg of Greenburg Shows, you will find just about anything you might find at another craft fair.

The Country Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the Country Store, you will find old-fashioned treats for the palate, including fresh nuts, dried fruits, homemade apple butter, mincemeat for your Thanksgiving pies, plum pudding like Tiny Tim's mother made, jams, preserves and fresh sausage.

"Cherishables" offers affordable gifts for every member of the family. The "Country Sampler" area houses unique crafts for the holidays. "Ye Olde Bake Shoppe" features freshly baked cookies, cakes, breads, pies and other traditional treats.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chicken salad and ham platters with all the trimmings will be served.

Information: Ms. Sheridan, 795-0767.


Is your back bothering you? Are thoughts of the poor and hungry making you feel guilty about your own plans for a Thanksgiving feast?

You can take care of both at Zimmerman Chiropractic in Eldersburg this month. Until Nov. 22, if you bring in canned goods for the hungry you will receive a free examination and X-rays.

"We've done this for the past three years," said Carla Warthen, office manager. "We've had bundles of food for Food Sunday."

Information: 795-7766.

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