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CANFIELD — Amid apple harvest season in Ohio, Haus Orchard and Cider Mill offers customers a classic taste of fall with apple cider and other fresh goodies.
The business, 6742 West Calla Road, has been a Mahoning Valley staple for 67 years since its establishment in 1954 by Matt and Edith Haus.
Today, it is run by the couple’s son, Matt, and his wife Cheryl. The couple has co-owned the farm since 1982.
“When they first got the farm it was a peach orchard, and then my father-in-law started planting apples and then in the early 1960s, he started making apple cider,” Cheryl said.
Aside from apple cider, which is sold to various local grocery stores and markets, Haus Orchard and Cider Mill specializes in a variety of other homemade foods including apple cider doughnuts, no-sugar apple butter, sauerkraut and jams and jellies made with their own fruit.
“One other thing we do have is honey and we have bees on the farm,” Cheryl told Mahoning Matters. “We have a beekeeper who actually comes in and takes the honey off of the hives for us, and then we sell it here in the market.”
Haus Orchard and Cider Mill also makes and freezes pies for customers to bake at home.
“These are all homemade pies. They are made with our fruit,” she said.
Cheryl said quality is important in all of their products — especially their apple cider.
“I think it's quality in and quality out [that sets us apart]. So we try to put the best apples in [our cider] and we don't use anything off the ground,” she added.
“We also buy from other growers for our cider and we make them sign an agreement saying that they're putting in the better apples. We call that a growers agreement, and we pay them a little more for their apples,” she added.
Additionally, Haus Orchard and Cider Mill’s apple cider is flash pasteurized and doesn’t have added preservatives.
Aside from baked goods and produce, Cheryl and her daughter sell homemade jewelry and pottery in the market, along with other seasonal items.
To this day, Cheryl and Matt aim to hold the values of a family business that Matt and Edith Haus established at Haus Orchard and Cider Mill.
“The nice thing about a family business is that even your employees are considered family. So no matter who’s working for you, they're part of the family,” Cheryl said.
Haus Orchard and Cider Mill is open seasonally from May to December and is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 pm. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.