Stray Arrow Ranch planted Utah’s first commercial cider apple orchard in 2012. We are located in Torrey, Utah, the gateway town to Capitol Reef National Park. Our community has a rich apple-growing heritage extending back to the Mormon pioneer era and the historic orchards of Fruita, which are now part of the national park.
Robert and Ann broke with local tradition by planting traditional cider apple varieties and a selection of heritage apples for our non-imbibing friends and bakers. As far as we have been able to discover, most of these apples and pear cultivars have never been attempted commercially in Utah and our dry, mountain climate brings its own challenges. Ann likes to say, “not everything we try will work, but some things will and then we will know something new.” You can check back in a decade for definitive results on all of our rootstock tests, but we expect our first harvest in 2015.
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