Many P&B customers had the opportunity to spend some time at our apple tasting station the past few seasons. One of our favorite “employees”, Grandma Judy (our mom), was a staple here. She poured countless gallons of our organic apple cider for everyone to sample. She was especially enthusiastic to get a positive reaction when children, with parents permission, tried the cider for the first time. Her reaction of “I told you so!” made us chuckle. Grandma Judy would regularly claim that she was up all night pressing the cider by herself. Although not completely true, she was very good at counting jugs and directing others! She would call herself the “free help” to all who would listen.
Grandma Judy was a self-described “flim flammer” who had more small business experience than anyone in the apple barn. The idea for the Caramel Apple Bar came from Grandma. New to her dentures, she had difficulty enjoying a caramel apple that was not pre-cut. It was a simple concept that also benefited countless siblings who each wanted their own toppings. Grandma was the most excited to see the success of her idea, even if it required a daily caramel pot scrubbing.
Grandma Judy unexpectedly had a severe stroke within hours of our last day of the apple season. She passed away a few days later.
As we begin the 2017, it is with mixed emotions. We celebrate a successful 2016 season, yet mourn the loss of Grandma Judy. Her lively spirit will always be with us.