Katherine and Aaron Stinfounders-owners of Colchester bevo caterer, purchased the 32-acre Monkton Apple Orchard and Farmer’s Market which was Boyer’s apple orchard and cider mill for nearly 40 years. They will continue to run their 14-year-old restaurant business while launching Stine Orchard at 1823 Monkton Road with the start of the pick-your-own season, which began on Tuesday, September 6.
Genius and David Boyer opened Boyer’s Orchard in another location in Monkton in 1975. After David died in 2017, “I couldn’t do it all myself,” Genny, 77, said. “I thought it was time for some new blood.” She sold the property, which includes two barns, a sugar shack and the market building, to Les Stines for $700,000 in April.
For the Stines’ first year of ownership, Kathleen said, “We’re not going to try to reinvent the wheel.” They will be adding music, food and drink to regular pick up times, fresh cider donuts, pies and cider.
Until the end of October, the orchard will host local music on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Shellhouse will play Thursday, September 8; Root7 Thursday, September 22. The bevo team will be running an on-site bar, including seasonal cocktails.
Kathleen said the Stines felt lucky to have the help of a long-time seasonal orchard employee. Shaneal Fearon and his colleague Denham McLean“the backbone of the operation.”
Most Thursdays Cris Peck will prepare dishes such as grilled burgers, smoked ribs, Philly cheese steaks and pulled pork sandwiches. Peck and his partner, Christine Cambridgeopen bushel market in July at 14312 Route 116 in Hinesburg, the former site of the Hinesburg General Store, about seven miles from the Orchard. They offer groceries, beer, wine, full deli meats, and home-made foods and sandwiches. Peck previously owned Waterbury Wings and Shelburne Kitchen and co-owned Shepherd’s Pub in Waitsfield with Cambridge.
On Saturdays at the orchard, the Stines will provide food, including platters of mezze and charcuterie. Starting September 17, they will be offering cider-brined pork chops on a stick. “My husband is from Minnesota,” Kathleen said with a laugh. “They put it all on a stick over there at the state fair.”