MIDDLEFIELD — Lyman Orchards’ Apple Barrel market will open Saturday with a day full of tastings, music and activities to welcome back customers and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The day will start at 9 a.m. with activities through 2 p.m., although the store will remain open until 6 p.m.
“I've had a lot of people this winter asking me when we're opening, so I suspect we're gonna have a good turnout,” said owner John Lyman.
Spokesman Tim Burt said the market will have live Irish music for about an hour around 10 a.m., thanks to the duo Dublin Down, with Monica Hamilton McCarthy and Patrick McCarthy. They will also offer holiday food items like Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage specials and leprechaun cupcakes.
“We felt it was important to celebrate the season as well,” Burt said.
Staff from the Levi Coe Library will visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for storytime and a craft. The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department is bringing a fire truck for kids to explore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“I feel like it's really important to get our community partners involved, and those are two of the best in Middlefield here, so we want to make sure they are part of our opening as well,” Burt said.
Complimentary food tastings will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and include the Apple Barrel’s own products as well as samples from seven other vendors, such as Fascia Chocolates, Arethusa Farms, and Durante Pasta. New vendors Centerville Pot Pies and Truly Good Food Snacks will also be handing out samples.
The cider donuts and pies the Apple Barrel is known for will be out and ready to eat and take home as well, as will apples too.
“We'll have out the apples, they've been in storage all winter, so we'll have those nice and fresh and crispy,” Lyman said.
They also hope to open Lyman Orchards’ golf courses for the season this weekend, depending on weather and how much snow is still on the ground.