Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm, a four-generation farm, is located on the Leelanau Peninsula Michigan. They have over 240 varieties of apples an fresh pressed apple cider. On site is the world’s largest pop bottle collection as well as vintage tins and signs.
Most of the apples found on the farm are classified as being historical or antique apples. An antique apple is classified in such a way that its origins can be traced back through history. Some of the apples date back to the 1600s all the way through the early 1900s. The apples came from England, Europe, and Colonial America. The taste of an antique apple is an unforgettable experience. Some of the antique apples are extremely rare and will not be found in too many other places.
John Kilcherman began to have an interest in apples that has begun to disappear from orchards. He has poured over old journals, books, and papers to become as knowledgeable as possible about the old time apples. Though his interest is not only in the old apples, the farm has also begun to grow new apple types that have just been recently introduced. His hobby has earned him the title of “John, The Apple Man”.
The orchard is only ½ hour from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and a great place to stop and stock up on apples for snacks while hiking the park. It is a scenic drive to the farm, but getting a taste of the apples is well worth the trip. The farm is about an hour drive from Traverse City.