When was the last time you visited
? It’s been a while for me and I need to make a
journey up there for a number reasons, first and foremost is to visit the
Zollinger Fruit and Tree Farm. Cache Valley
Utah’s Own member has
been in business since 1904. In fact,
when William started up the farm, Zollinger’s was one of the first commercial
fruit farms in Cache Valley.
I recently spoke with Jake Zollinger; he’s William’s Great Grandson and the fourth generation of Zollingers to work the family farm. Jake told me that there is something in the Zollinger genetics that keeps them experimenting and improving their business and fruit quality. Starting with William’s orchards and popular apple cider, every generation has made improvements or additions to the business. William’s son, Jesse, expanded the farm to include more tree fruit and added berries to their crops.
Jesse’s son, Ron introduced the nursery aspect of the business and startedsupplying customers with quality large trees for their own homes. He also expanded the apple cider side of the business and the Zollinger family started using UV Light treatment or “Cold Pasteurization” to process their cider.
Jake tells me that one of Ron’s most interesting expansions of the business happened by accident though. He was experimenting with better ways to store apples. After trying various processes he took a bite of one of the apples and it fizzed! That’s right, he made a carbonated apple! Ron named them Zapples and you can only get them in
Logan. Like I said, it’s time for a trip to . Cache Valley
Jake is continuing the family legacy and working with his Dad on the farm. They’ve spent the last several years perfecting their Zapples and getting them out to local markets. They’ve also expanded the apple cider portion of the business again and perfected the recipe. They mix many of their thirteen apple varieties for their cider.
In the fall you can find Zollinger cider at a variety of stores in Logan such as Island Market, Lee’s Marketplace and Macey’s as well as the Fresh Market in Clinton. They are working on getting their Zapples out there and currently you can buy them directly from Zollinger’s and also the Providence Macey’s.