Hi, we're Joanne and Dan, the couple behind Little Apple Treats.
In 1999 we became apple growers, somewhat accidentally. We had been running a native flower nursery, Flatland Flower Farm, out of backyards in Berkeley. When were ready to leave the city behind and live somewhere with a bit more space, we found a little house in Sebastopol, a small town in western Sonoma county, California. The house was in the middle of a big apple orchard and so, with little more than enthusiasm, we became apple farmers.
Over time our business shifted toward the edible. We started tending and selling mainly vegetable, herb, and edible flower starts from the nursery. We began selling the apples from the orchard that surrounds our house. Then in 2009 we decided to juice some of our apples with an old wooden apple press and aged some of the juice in barrels. That first batch of apple cider vinegar was so delicious it got us thinking, “What else can we make from our apples?”
Since then Joanne has used her culinary creativity to turn our apples, apple cider, and apple cider vinegar into the shrubs, caramels, granolas, and other treats you can find here and at our farmer’s market stand. We're a small company from a small town committed to bringing our customers truly unique, handcrafted, and delicious products that support small scale agriculture.