Rouster’s Apple House is closed, and that is quite a loss to families that have been coming here for generations. Rouster’s was in business for 72 years passed down from one generation to the next. It has long been a destination spot for families on crisp fall week-ends; a place for children to experience where food comes from, other than the grocery.
Dan and Donna Rouster were the heart and soul of the farm market, hard-working but fair bosses. I remember fondly my time working there, sorting apples in early dawn with fog rolling across the apple orchard.
Sadly, I was unable to visit the market with its huge stone fireplace one more time before it closed. In the cold air of October, sitting around that fire, sipping Rousters own hand-pressed cider was a genuine pleasure. I will miss the wonderful apples, cider and apple butter made on the farm, as well as the many other things offered for sale.
On most week-ends when the apples were in season, it was a bustling, family filled, aromatic place, often so crowded you would have to line up for several minutes to have the privilege of purchasing the many varieties of apples. But even in the face of all that craziness Donna always had a smile for me ( and her other loyal customers) when I came in.
It is hard to see an institution go but Dan and Donna certainly have earned some time for themselves after all they gave to this community. Thank you Dan and Donna for all the years of service to your community. You will be missed.