Ingaldsby Farm Bakery is busy making several dozen apple pies and crisps and 40 dozen apple cider donuts for this weekend’s Boxford Apple Fest.
Heaping helpings of mouth-watering apple pie and apple crisp will be dished up at the 2017 Boxford Apple Festival this weekend.
Ingaldsby Farm Bakery of West Boxford will make most of the baked apple treats, including 40 dozen apple cider donuts and several dozen large apple pies and apple crisps.
Cortland, MacIntosh and other apple varieties, which are all freshly picked at the Ingaldsby Orchard, will be baked in the pies, confirmed Ingaldsby’s Sheila Price. Price said the pie recipe originated with her husband Tom’s grandmother, Rosamond (Ingalls) Price.
The 300-acre Ingaldsby Farm on Washington Street has been owned and operated by the Price family since 1911 when Benjamin Price, who was in the copper mining business, purchased the gentlemen’s farm. Today, many locals come every fall to pick their own apples, peaches and pumpkins.
“There are plenty of apples to pick right now,” added Price, who said it’s been a good year for growing apples.
“It takes about two days to make the pies and crisp,” she said.
Price said there are four bakers who work “pretty efficiently” to prepare all of the foodstuffs for the Apple Festival in the days before the event.
Benson’s Ice Cream donates its creamy vanilla ice cream to the Boxford Historical Society each year to top off the apple treats.
If you go
What: Boxford Apple Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 17)
Where: East Village pedestrian mall (Elm Street to Topsfield Road)
Food: BBQ, apple pies and crips, cider donuts, ice cream, popcorn, hot dogs
Music: The Young Ones; Evan Jamieson; The Band Next Door; Three House Charlatans
Crafts and more: 75 crafters will sell their wares; tables hosted by BTA/BOLT, Boxford Library, COA, veterans, and other local organizations; learn to make a fall planting with the Boxford Village Garden Club