Decorating Tips & Trends

Jess made this presentation at the Cobleskill Area Home & Garden Show and we just had to share with you!


Valentine’s Day Gift Guide- Under $50!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether your married 50 years, or newly single, we Valentine_flthink it’s a time to celebrate love- the love that you have for your husband, your kids, or your best friend. Or maybe you want to celebrate the love that you have for yourself! Not all Valentine’s gifts have to be elaborate. In fact, this whole guide is gifts under $50!

Let’s start with the obvious Valentines-Day-Roses-2016gifts…

  1. Chocolate. We carry a wide array of gourmet chocolates and truffles. For Valentine’s Day they come beautifully boxed and presented. Plus, all boxes are less than $20. Bonus!
  2. Flowers. We have a great selection of fresh cut flowers just in time 2920d59042b514089b5aa714e1186accfor Valentine’s Day. Choose from roses, mixed arrangements, single stems and more. All of our arrangements are perfectly curated by our master florist. Give us a call to order in advance, or pick up on Valentine’s Day.



And now, onto the less obvious Valentine’s Day gifts…

  1. For the kids. We have a great selection of Valentine’s Day & everyday plush, plus our always popular and expansive selection of Melissa & Doug toys. Toys & gifts for kids range in ages from newborn to tween and everything in between.
  2. For her. Gifts for her can be just as easy to find, as 15589664_1335724863157208_996039373515460111_nthey are difficult. For Valentine’s Day, most tend to choose jewelry. However, our suggestion is to get a unique piece of jewelry- something that can’t be found everywhere else. For this, we recommend Larissa Loden Jewelry. Larissa uses semi-precious stones and vintage components. She’s an up and coming jewelry designer, having been written about in Better Homes & Gardens, and being sold by the House of Blues, as well as hundreds of other locations internationally. Plus, she’s the daughter of the Apple Barrel owners!
  3. For him. The saying is, the way to a man’s heart is through his craft-beer-definition-socialstomache. We couldn’t agree more! We carry a wide array of Robert Rothschild gourmet food products, Apple Barrel BBQ sauces, Lord Nut Levington peanuts (as seen on Shark Tank), and so much more! Plus, did you know that we sell all of the craft beer we serve in the Cafe? Mix & match a 6 pack of bottles, or pick up an Apple Beer-el growler (or use your own) to fill up with our wonderful draft selection!
  4. For everyone. Candles! Candles set the perfect mood. Ambiance, fresh-cut-roses-candle1scent, warmth… it’s the perfect way to set the Valentine’s stage and show your love. We carry candles from Yankee, Kringle, Paddywax, Aspen Bay, Voluspa & many others.







And finally, the other perfect Valentine’s Day gift is enjoying the company of the ones you love. There is no better place than the Apple Barrel Cafe, and no better time than My Funny Valentine! We welcome back Friar’s Club Comedian Greg Aidala for a third year of laughs! 3 course dinner & comedy show is just $44.98 per person. We sell out every year so make your reservations soon!
My Funny Valentine 2017

Celebrating 34 years!

appleThis weekend we will be celebrating 34 years in business.  It’s an amazing feat to accomplish and we couldn’t have done this without your support. Over the past 34 years we have had some incredible experiences. We’ve held numerous events, including our annual Holiday Shopper’s Night and Girlfriend’s Night. Do you remember events of the past like our Haunted House? Or how about classes of the past like Tole Painting?

We’ve been voted Best Restaurant in Schoharie County by Capital Region Living Magazine every year since we’ve opened, won 3 Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence, and have been written about in numerous publications. We’ve hosted local celebrities like Greg Aidala and Katie Manning- Hilton, as well as politicians, Senator Kristen Gillibrand, Assemblyman Jim Seward and many others.

We’ve been super active in our community and are always willing to give back. To date we’ve donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities. After Hurricane Irene we also donated free meals to all of the volunteers working to get our town back on it’s feet.

And that’s just the beginning. If I wrote about all of the experiences over the last 34 years, it would be a novel. Albeit, a great novel. But I want to hear from you. Comment below with one of your favorite experiences or stories of the Apple Barrel over the last 34 years. We’ll have Sue Loden pick her favorite and that person will receive a $34 gift certificate!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Hygge Your Way Through Winter

Some photos from Denmark

Some photos from Denmark

I don’t know about you, but this week has sure made me feel chilled! Old Man Winter has definitely arrived. Normally, I cringe at the thought of winter. My blood definitely runs warm and my body would love to be someplace warm, but my heart keeps me here in NY with my family, the Apple Barrel, and all of you. However, this year I am hygge-ing my way through winter.

Last year, my husband and I were fortunate enough to go to Denmark and while there learned all about hygge. Hygge is a Danish word, but so much more than just that. It truly is an art, a way of life. Hygge is pronounced “hooga” and roughly translates to “coziness”. From, “In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There’s nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life.”

So what can you do to hygge your way through winter? Well here are some great ideas to start!

Dining at Apple Barrel Cafe

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Take a break and come and dine with us at the Award Winning Apple Barrel Cafe. Slowly savor a bowl of our Butternut Squash Bisque with a couple of friends and watch the snow fall over the Valley. Very hygge.


Culinary & Medicinal Herbs: All the information you need in 1 spot!

Healing_Herbs_ChartWe had a great turn out for our Culinary & Medicinal Herb Garden class! If you were there, Heather promised a whole lot more further reading to further your education into the wonderful world of herbs. If you missed it, don’t worry, we hope to offer another one this summer.

Here’s all the information you could want on various types of herbs from Herbalpedia.











More great information about herbs can be found in The Taste of Herbs Color Wheel & Art of Herbalism.

Some really awesome natural recipes can be found here in The Best Recipes Book from The Wise Women Center.




Here are some more great links:

Free Herbal Remedies

Herbs Made Simple: How to Use Herbs

Herbal Remedies Advice

7 Simple Herbs for Everyday Ailments

Growing Medicinal Herbs in Containers

Herbal Roots




Larissa Loden Jewelry featured in Better Homes & Gardens!

We are so incredibly proud of our daughter, sister, friend Larissa Loden. Her jewelry company was just featured by Better Homes & Gardens! Larissa Loden

From her website, “Larissa Loden designs for women that aren’t afraid to express themselves. They are strong and fearless, interested in history and love to dress up. She is inspired by stories behind the pieces and those wearing them, and feeds off seeing her jewelry complete a look.

Vintage meets modern in Larissa’s eco-friendly collection. Most components used are deadstock, which means they were made to be sold long ago but missed their chance. Traveling across the US and Europe, Larissa explores the depths of flea markets and deadstock warehouses to find cameos, switchblades and lockets. She gives these vintage treasures a new opportunity to shine by transforming them into modern, edgy jewelry.

Whether on the hunt for unique objects or hammering them into hot bracelets, it’s all about the process. Once Larissa and her loot have safely returned to the Twin Cities, she doesn’t go far to start creating new designs. Larissa’s studio and home are one in the same, no factory involved. Using methods including drilling and soldering, stamping and hammering, her collection is fervently handmade.

Hailing from a very small town in upstate New York, Larissa learned the inner workings of a business early on by working in her parents’ store. She became part of the family business when she was old enough to polish an apple.

Larissa established her own company in 2005 and has been forging jewelry ever since. She continues to push harder to create modern pieces that tell a story. She hopes to establish Larissa Loden Jewelry as a national brand and one day open a flagship store.”


Come into the Apple Barrel to check out some Larissa Loden jewelry!

Larissa Jewelry

Paint N’ Sip at Apple Barrel

Want a girl’s night out idea or maybe even a date night with someone special?

The widely popular Paint N’ Sip is a part of Apple Barrel as well!   Our next painting session is September 16~ 6-8pm.  Preregistration is REQUIRED as  our last class sold out…you don’t want to wait to the last minute and miss your chance! Call now at (518) 295-7179

$35 registration (paid in advance) includes instruction, supplies, 1 beer or wine and snack!

This month’s painting ” 5 O’clock Somewhere”

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Fall is here!!

Now that the temperature are cooling off, it is time to dust off the crockpot and pull out the muffin tins! Our favorite season is upon us and with it comes all things pumpkin…pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin decorations, and of course …pumpkin spiced coffees and lattes!

Feeling stumped about what to cook? Apple Barrel carries a full line of recipe books, baking mixes, jellies and jams. Here’s a sample from the cookbook CROCK Star found in our store!


Chicken Tortellini Soup

Ingredients: 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 C each sliced carrots and celery

1 C chopped onion

2 tsp minced garlic

1 1/2 tsp each salt and dried basil

1/2 tsp each dried oregano and cayenne pepper

1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth

2 C frozen cheese tortellini, thawed

1 C fresh baby spinach

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

Directions: Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and place in 6 qt slow cooker. Add carrots, celery and onion; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together garlic, salt, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, chicken broth, and 3 1/2 cups water. Pour over chicken and vegetables in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Then stir in tortellini. Turn cooker to high, cover, and cook 30 minutes more or until tortellini is tender. Turn off cooker; stir in spinach and evporated milk. Let set until spinach is wilted.

Now Hiring!




How would you like to work in a fast paced and fun environment at one of Schoharie County’s largest shopping and dining establishment?

Apple Barrel Country Store & Cafe, located in Schoharie, NY, is currently hiring!  Apple Barrel Country Store & Café is one of the Capital Region’s most popular shopping and dining destinations.  Family owned since 1983, we have won numerous awards. Our mission is to provide a high quality product with the best possible service in a fun, innovative, and welcoming environment. We take pride in our innovation, creativity and community outreach.  Our team is friendly, respectful hard working and motivated. We are seeking a part-time, retail sales associate to join us. Hourly wage is market-competitive and commensurate with experience. Great employee discount available in store and café. Candidates should have at least 2 years prior customer service, retail or sales experience. Basic computer knowledge, including Windows operating system required.  Knowledge of Microsoft Retail Management system, social media marketing and WordPress ideal.  Applicants must be available to work both Saturday and Sunday. High school diploma or equivalent required. Applications must be submitted by July 18, as this position is expected to start around July 22. The Apple Barrel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please download a copy of the application from below and email completed application with resume and cover letter to Jessica Loden Kirby, Managing Director at Or stop into the Apple Barrel Country Store and Café to complete an application. Interviews will be scheduled.

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Loving: Splendid Dirt!

Welcome to a new blog series- LOVING!  These are the products that we try, test and LOVE at the Apple Barrel.  This week I tried the Splendid Dirt mask from FarmHouse Fresh.  And I am lyhst-95208568681283_2270_14505607oving it!

FarmHouse Fresh is a brand of face and body products by an awesome group in Texas.  Their products are adored by celebrities like Oprah, Courteney Cox, Kaley Cuoco- Sweeting and more.  Practically all of the products are all natural, gluten- free and vegan.  And they are made using REAL stuff like chocolate and strawberries.  The packaging is adorable too. And has a great vintage touch and awesome sayings.

I decided to try the Splendid D484709_549057588440741_1492136679_nirt mask after getting a rave review about it from a customer.  After a long day, I grabbed my foot spa, some nail polish, a great magazine and some Kaydeross Kreme ice cream ready to settle in for a bit of pampering and indulgence. 

I rubbed the mask on and it smelled like… pumpkin pie! Splendid Dirt has lots of fabulous pumpkin puree and yogurt in the mask.  From their website, “Get dirty! Red, blotchy, and oily skin- you’ve met your mask. Splendid Dirt is a natural, nutrient-rich pot of Illite and Bentonite clays, fresh enzyme-full pumpkin puree, and active yogurt cultures that instantly boosts overall radiance by deep cleansing pores, temporarily shrinking their look, and improving the look of broken capillaries and uneven skin tones. This thick blended puree goes on whipped and velvety smooth, bringing a party-orange pumpkin face that might scare the neighbors, but will seriously de-gunk and help purify even the most congested skin.

You’ll feel Splendid Dirt working- a mild tingling sensation begins as oxygenation and circulation increases. The feeling is temporary, and as the mask dries, skin is actually left calmed and soothed, decreasing everyday blotchinesyhst-95208568681283_2267_3628558s. It is recommended for all skin types, except those with sensitive skin, at least once per week. We LOVE it after using One Fine Day Flawless Face Polish!
99.6% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, it is Paraben and Sulfate Free.”

And they were right! Not only was the smell irresistible the mask created a great tingling feeling on my skin. I left the mask on for about an hour (far longer than necessary but I couldn’t get over the smell).  After rinsing the mask off my face I couldn’t wait to take a look in the mirror to see the results.  The redness and blotchiness of my face was dramatically reduced.  The biggest difference was the size of my pores- hugely reduced! The results are amazing! 

Can’t wait to try some of the other FarmHouse Fresh products! Maybe the Bourbon Bubbler scrub?!   Get some now at our website.