Kilcherman's Christmas Cove

Our four-generational farm is located on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan. We are surrounded by the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan and Northport Bay. The climate is ideal for growing quality fruit - including apples, cherries, peaches and plums.


We also have fresh pressed cider-classified as "THE WORLD'S BEST!"

What is an Antique Apple?

An antique apple is one that our ancestors grew and enjoyed. The origins date back in time, with varieties from the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s. They come from many foreign countries, as well as many states here in America. The flavors are a tasty treat; an experience to remember for years. They are very unique, and some varieties are extremely rare. Eat them sliced and you will be in for a gourmet experience. Enjoy the wonderful aroma, which will enhance the delightful tasting fun of every apple.

Take along some apples

Spending a day with your family at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park? Why not drive on up and grab some bags of apples and cider to enjoy during your hiking and sightseeing at the dunes? We are only 45 minutes away from the park. Take scenic M-22 along Lake Michigan up to Northport. Then continue on County road 201 through the village. Go north about one mile to County road 640. Go one half mile to Kilcherman Road, the first road on the left. Look for our windmill on the left.

Folks are talking

Christmas Cove is a unique place to purchase apples you won't find in many apple orchards across the country. John and Phyllis Kilcherman are great people with great stories about antique apples.

Scott Chaussee, Co-editor, OrangePippin.com

Some of our 250 Varieties

Apples galore
Paula Red

Paula Red

  • Origin: 1960, Michigan. A popular early season apple with subtle strawberry flavor. Firm white flesh makes it good for both eating and cooking.   
Saint Edmunds Pippin

Saint Edmond's Pippin

  • Origin: Late 1800s, United Kingdom. An early season gold colored russet apple with a sweet and juicy pear like flavor. A good eating and cider apple.   
Esopus Spitzenburg

Esopus Spitzenburg

  • Origin: Before 1790, New York. Thomas Jefferson's favorite, this small, crisp, red apple has a unique flavor most apples cannot match. And it gets even better in storage!
Northern Spy

Northern Spy

  • Origin: 1800s, New York. A sweet, fruity flavor with nice acidity makes this crisp apple a great all purpose variety -- for eating, pies, sauce, and cider.  
Zabergau Reinette

Zabergau Reinette

  • Origin: Early 1800s, Germany / Belgium. A bronzed russet apple with a sharp flavor that leaves a sweet yet nutty flavor in your palate.      
Macoun

Macoun

  • Origin: 1923, New York. A very sweet apple with small hints of strawberry flavoring. Cross between McIntosh and Jersey Black gives it its dark colored skin.
Rambo

Rambo

  • Origin: 1500's, France. A large attractive apple that has been popular in America since Colonial times. A highly desirable dessert apple with fine, crisp juicy flesh.