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Red Jacket Orchards Fruit Juice Review & Giveaway

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My children and I have always loved juice. Never have I had issues trying to get my children to drink fruit juice. Because my daughter has digestive issues I find that certain juices help her to be more regular and so that is probably why my children tend to drink more juice than milk. Milk can be binding...fruit juice is not. When I go grocery shopping, I love to look for the all-natural juices for them. If they are going to be drinking juice, then it better be either organic or natural. Yes, I know that most juice is full of sugar but I try to make sure that the children are only drinking juice once or twice a day. In between, they drink water. Honestly, water is probably better for them in the whole scheme of things but juice is a very nice alternative.
Recently, I happened across a wonderful, family owned and operated company that specializes in making fresh, cold-pressed, unfiltered and all-natural fruit juices! Red Jacket Orchards is located right here in my home state of New York and has been in operation since 1917. Before I continue, here is a bit more on the history of this company...

In 1917, in Geneva, NY, the Brownlee family planted some of the same orchards that Red Jacket uses today. In the words of Fred Brownlee, “the land is fertile, the wind movement is good and prevents damaging frosts from hurting fruits.” In 1958, Joe & Emily Nicholson—owners of Nicholson’s Poultry Farm in Bethpage, NY—were forced to move their establishment to make way for an expressway. They then purchased Red Jacket Fruit Farms, located only 350 miles to their northwest, on land well known for its fruit production. They set up an improvised one-windowed shed to display their cornucopia of harvested fruits to passersby. They offered grapes, pears, raspberries, strawberries, and, of course, apples. This became the site of the original Red Jacket roadside stand. In 1968, Joe Nicholson, Sr. bought an old rack & cloth press and began to press cider in the barn. In 1972, with a two-year-old and a pair of two-week-old twins in tow, Joe Jr. and Marilyn Nicholson moved to the farm after pursuing careers elsewhere. In the ensuing years, they expanded into wholesale farm markets and expanded their retail location. In 1980, the present-day Red Jacket fruit outlet is built offering many more fruits and local farm goodies.

I always love reading the history behind family owned businesses...the stories are always so rich and bursting with information. It is very interesting to see how the business first began and to see the progression of where it is today. Obviously, Red Jacket Orchards has a unique and truly wonderful product if they are doing as well as they are today!
So, for this review I was sent 6 bottles of Red Jacket Orchards Fruit Juice to try and I was SO excited when my case of juice arrived. These juices came cold-packed and that told me one thing...they are FRESH. Immediately upon opening my shipping box, I popped them into the refrigerator so they would chill completely before tasting them. I had to tell my family to not drink them until I got a picture of them and it was VERY difficult to keep my hubby's hands off of them until I was ready to try them. :) For this review I was sent: Fuji Apple, Strawberry Apple, Raspberry Apple, Cranberry Apple, Blackcurrant Apple, and Tart Cherry Stomp.
Last night my daughter was up later than usual and so I thought it would be the perfect time to taste a few of these juices with her. She is my little helper when it comes to trying review products and she does an excellent job! :) The one thing I noticed right away is that the juice is thicker because it is unfiltered. This means that it is cloudy in appearance and not clear...which doesn't bother me a bit. I prefer a thicker juice because it means that it hasn't been strained and there are still a lot of nutrients left in the juice. 
I think my most favorite juice (they were all very good!) was the Strawberry Apple. I LOVE strawberry and this combination was lovely. Just enough sweetness combined with apple. My husband really liked this one too. 
Hannah preferred the Fuji Apple though, which was a bit suprising to me. I thought for sure she would like the strawberry better. As you can see above, she really enjoyed tasting this juice. I feel good giving it to her too because I know it is actually good for her and will not give her "empty" nutrients. 
There is honestly so much I could say about this company...if you check out their website, there is so much more to see and I just LOVE the animation and detail on the site. It is really easy to navigate through and they give very thorough explanations on how they do the cold-pressed process and also how they preserve the nutrients in each bottle of juice. After tasting these amazing juices from Red Jacket Orchards, I think it will be difficult to truly appreciate any other store-bought brand of juice. There is just nothing like the flavor of "Fresh"!

Purchasing Red Jacket Orchard's products is simple. You can purchase directly from their website or you can find a retailer near you. Prices are $19.99 for 6 - 12 oz bottles (you pick the flavors) or $19.99 for 3 - 32 oz bottles (you pick the flavors). These prices are higher than you would typically pay for fruit juice but remember...you are getting very fresh, all-natural and very well-made juice. After tasting this juice, you will not want to buy any other brand. 

Be sure to check out Red Jacket Orchards on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well...never miss out on a new flavor, special offer or news announcement again! 

So, in my opinion...Red Jacket Orchards has some amazing juices!! I love each flavor that I was sent...especially the Strawberry Apple. YUM! I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who is looking for an all-natural and great-tasting juice. You will surely find a flavor that you will love at a price that you can afford.
Red Jacket Orchards has offered to giveaway a 6-pack of juice to one of my readers! Here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Red Jacket Orchards Fruit Juices for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Red Jacket Orchards website and email. Prize is being provided by the sponsor. This blog is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged prizes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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42 comments

  1. I learned they are located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, Red Jacket was originally planted in 1917.

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  2. That they emphasize sustainability in their business model!

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  3. I like their selection of juices

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  4. I learned that these are organic juices.

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  5. They use locally grown fruits in season.

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  6. Today, the orchard and juice company is managed by the second and third generation of the Nicholson family

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  7. there is A single apple has the antioxidant
    equivalent of 1500 Mg of vitamin C

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  8. I learned that they grow 500 acres of tree fruit, including over 300 acres of apples and nearly 250 acres of apricots, sweet cherries, plums, strawberries.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I learned that the orchard was planted nearly one hundred years ago! That's a lot of fruit-growin' experience! :)

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  10. I learned that they have over 500 acres of tree fruit!

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  11. I learned that in 2006, RJO installed nearly two acres of high-tech high tunnels, which provide an advantageous environment for tender crops.

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  12. Red Jacket is such a great brand. I love their juice. The cherry and apricot are my favorites.

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  13. Since I'm a big opponent of sugary sports drinks and soda, we make spritzers with Red Jacket Orchards 100% juices (grape is my daughter's favorite and seltzer water. It's delightfully refreshing all year round.

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  14. I learned: Sugar is NOT added to our juice, it’s naturally sweet from the delicious ripe fruit we press.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. I learned that In 1980, the present-day Red Jacket fruit outlet is built offering many more fruits and local farm goodies.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  16. They cooperate with local beekeepers. That's fantastic! The bees need all the help they can get these days!

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  17. I learned that they sell them at Giant Eagle - Hayden & Cosgray
    6700 Hayden Run Road, Hilliard, OH, 43026, US!!

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  18. I really love that they use wind energy to sustain their practices. Bravo!

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  19. I learned that they are located in New York.

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  20. I've learned the company is managed by the second and third generation of the Nicholson family

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  21. they've been in business since 1958

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  22. Juice is cold pressed!! That's awesome :-)

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  23. They were founded in 1958 and have over 500 acres of fruit!

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  24. Great that they don't add any sugar for the sweetness but keep it sweet with the all-natural fruit juices. Thanks!

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  25. in 2006, RJO installed nearly two acres of high-tech high tunnels, which provide an advantageous environment for tender crops.

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  26. Located in New York with over 500 acres -Georgiana

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  27. They use local fruits grown in season

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  28. I learned that they still use some of the trees planted back in 1917!

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  29. I'm impressed that they use wind energy in their building.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  30. Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

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  31. organic and healthy
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  32. That they are from the Finger Lakes Region of NY where I used to live.

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  33. They use locally grown fruits in season

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  34. I learned they are family owned and for sale at whole foods!
    Ttrockwood (AT) yahoo (dot) com
    Ttrockwood

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  35. Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, Red Jacket was originally planted in 1917.

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  36. I learned that the same orchards are still used today as were used when the company was founded.

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  37. I would love to get my daughter the Tart Cherry Stomp. I'm sure she would love it.
    I didn't realize they had this juice at the Giant Eagle that I regularly shop at. Thanks for the giveaway, I'll be on the look-out for the Cherry Stomp.

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  38. It takes 11 lbs of apples to make 1 gallon of juice!

    sweetmissa at gmail dot com

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  39. I learned that they grow 500 acres of tree fruit, including over 300 acres of apples and nearly 250 acres of apricots, sweet cherries, plums, strawberries.

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  40. Red Jacket was originally planted in 1917

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